Tignish res­i­dents warm up to new project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Res­i­dents in Tignish re­cently got a peek at the com­mu­nity’s new district heat­ing project.

They were treated to a tour of the heat­ing sys­tem, which is un­der con­struc­tion, that will use a hot wa­ter boiler fu­eled by wood chips, along with un­der­ground pip­ing, valves, heat ex­chang­ers and en­ergy me­ters to gen­er­ate and de­liver heat for 10 com­mer­cial build­ings in the Tignish core.

The project will in­clude a new boiler house near the rear of the Her­itage Inn and an un­der­ground hot wa­ter pip­ing net­work cou­pled to­gether with a state-of-the-art con­trol sys­tem.

The project will cost an es­ti­mated $1.1 mil­lion with the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment each con­tribut­ing up to $752,540 each through the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

The re­main­der of the cost will be pro­vided by Tignish Ini­tia­tives Cor­po­ra­tion (TIC). TIC will finance one-third of the cap­i­tal cost and will own and op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity.

The gen­eral con­trac­tor, Wood4Heat­ing Canada, is re­spon­si­ble for con­struc­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of the sys­tem un­der the di­rec­tion of Bay Winds Con­sult­ing, the project man­ager.

The sys­tem will uti­lize Euro­pean and Cana­dian tech­nol­ogy to heat wa­ter in a cen­tral plant with lo­cally sourced wood chips which will heat lo­cal com­mer­cial build­ings.

About 500 tonnes of lo­cally har­vested wood chips will re­place 200,000 litres of fur­nace oil each heat­ing sea­son.

This project is the first of its kind in P.E.I., re­duc­ing the re­gion’s car­bon foot­print by us­ing lo­cally sourced re­new­able en­ergy in­stead of oil.

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