OTTAWA — The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and Hydro Ottawa are partnering to build an energy efficient central utility plant to support the new hospital and advance sustainable energy generation in Ottawa.
A memorandum of understanding to move forward with planning and construction of the new plant, was signed recently by TOH president and CEO Cameron Love and Hydro Ottawa president and CEO Bryce Conrad.
The new central utility plant will support emergency power, heating, cooling, steam and domestic hot water requirements for the new hospital, states a release, adding its high-efficiency design will implement innovative technology to lower TOH’s overall carbon footprint, with a focus on electrifying thermal loads.
The plant will be able to supply the new hospital with enough power to ensure the systems that support patient health and safety will remain operational if there are disruptions to the normal power grid.
As development of the site progresses, new buildings will be networked to the plant to ensure their systems are operating at peak performance and to transfer unused energy to other buildings to improve overall efficiency and sustainability, adds the release.
It is expected the central utility plant at the new campus will become a cornerstone of Hydro Ottawa’s new district energy network and improve access to clean energy in the community.
Final design of the new plant will take place in the coming year. Construction on the plant is slated to begin in 2025.