New biomass boiler to save community $29,000 a year

A new woodchip fuelled biomass boiler is to be installed in the District of Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada, according to the Clearwater Times.

The new biomass boiler will be installed in the North Thompson Sportsplex, and could supply heat to nearby buildings. According to the Clearwater Times, the new wood chip fuelled system will be similar to one already installed at a nearby community centre, which has delivered a 69% saving for the District in its first year of operation.

With a total project cost of CAD$521,251 (€346,371), CAD$160,000 (€106,000) of funding has been secured from the provincial government’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, under its Community Energy Leadership Programme. Additional funding will come from Wells Gray Community Forest as well as Thompson-Nicola Regional District with gas tax funds from Area A.

Fink Machines of Enderby will install the new system, which is expected to save the community approximately CAD$29,000 (€19,270) annually and lower greenhouse gas emissions by 62 tonnes of COequivalent per year.

The wide-ranging project includes the design and construction of a modular boiler-house, retro-fit of the mechanical room in the facility, construction of a fuel storage bunker and boiler house base, the purchase of biomass boiler equipment, and trades.

The District of Clearwater is aiming to reduce community-wide GHG emissions by 10% below 2007 levels by 2020, and 50% below 2007 levels by 2050.

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