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Whitby geothermal project gets feasibility study funds

Whitby geothermal project gets feasibility study funds

WHITBY, ONT. — A large-scale geothermal district heating project in Whitby, Ont. is getting a $44,250 boost for a feasibility study from the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

The investment, administered by the FCM, is funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada.

The feasibility study will analyze the economic and environmental impacts of a geothermal district energy system, outline the challenges with geothermal energy and examine ways of enabling large-scale sustainability projects in Whitby to make them more viable in the future, states a release.

The geothermal system will be integrated into the construction of the sports complex, with further buildings added to the system as the land is developed. The system can be up to 90 per cent more efficient than externally generated electricity.

“This funding enabled the town to complete a feasibility study for a new District Energy System in North Whitby,” said Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell in a statement. “I’m also pleased to announce that the town has partnered with Elexicon Group on this important initiative. Implementing this new district energy system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 96 per cent compared to a business-as-usual model, while providing heating and cooling to the future Whitby Sports Complex, as well as surrounding commercial and industrial development. This initiative demonstrates Council’s commitment to addressing climate change through partnerships and innovation.”

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