Arden Elementary school to receive $721,000 from B.C. Public Sector Energy Conservation fund
March 16, 2011
School District 71 is among those tapping into B.C.’s Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement fund–once school is out for summer, a $721,000 capital grant for Arden Elementary school will pay for “significant improvements” to its heating, ventilation and energy systems in hopes of lowering the school’s natural gas consumption.
By Alyssa Dalton
“By working together, we’ve been able to find significant savings opportunities,” said John Yap, minister of State for Climate Action. “It starts with thinking about how we use energy and then implementing new infrastructure and cleaner technologies.”
Upgrades at Arden Elementary are said to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use by 11 tonnes per year.
“These energy cost savings can now be directed to another vital part of our children’s education. It’s a win-win for the school system and the environment,” said Don McRae, Comox Valley MLA.
Funding for Arden’s project comes from the provincial government’s Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement fund and Terasen Gas as part of $6.6 million for 35 energy projects in 10 school districts across the province.
The Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement is a provincial partnership with Terasen Gas, BC Hydro, SolarBC, and Natural Resources Canada. Partners provide capital funding and/or technical support for public sector energy proposals. Another $12 million in capital funding for public sector energy conservation projects is said to be distributed later this year.