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Richmond receiving major energy award

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:56 PDT, Mon July 6, 2020

Last Updated: 10:57 PDT, Mon July 6, 2020

Richmond has received another major energy award for its environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology.

The award was given by the Energy Globe Foundation, an international organization recognizing projects that conserve energy and use renewable or emission-free sources. Richmond’s award recognizes the Central at Garden City expansion of its Alexandra District Energy Utility.

The energy plant uses renewable, low carbon geo-exchange technology to provide space heating, cooling and domestic hot water heating to over 10 buildings—totalling 176,000 square metres of floor space—including a fire hall, residential and commercial space. 

The Central at Garden City expansion, which became operational in 2015, uses low-carbon air source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling. The plant is installed on the roof of a retail development, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reducing natural gas use by at least 70 per cent compared to conventional alternatives.

A further expansion, which will double the system’s renewal capacity, is in the planning stage. The city previously received the same award in 2013 for the first phase of the project.

This year’s award was announced June 30 at www.energyglobe.info and will be presented to Richmond council at a later date.

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