Saskatchewan using Federal Gas Tax to support 42 energy systems
June 29, 2017 - Under the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), over $2.3 million is expected to support 42 community energy systems projects in 35 communities across Saskatchewan this this year, primarily for energy-saving building retrofits.
By Anthony Capkun
“Energy cost reduction is a smart investment now and into the future,” said Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). “The federal Gas Tax Fund provides dependable funding to allow rural municipalities to make their municipal operations more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.”
Under the federal GTF, the community energy systems category is used primarily for energy-saving building retrofits, explains the province. For example, the Northern Village of Pinehouse has installed a boiler system in the soon-to-be completed 10-unit seniors’ complex. Plans for a new solar panel will reduce energy costs at a skating rink in the Town of Ponteix. The Village of Ceylon is adding insulation and siding to its water plant building to increase energy efficiency, while the Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows is in the process of upgrading the lighting and furnaces in all municipal-owned facilities to reduce overall energy use.
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