The City of Oshawa and Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation Energy Services (Opuces) announced that as part of the council-approved initiative, a 600 kW combined heat and power system will be installed at Delpark Homes Centre.
Anticipated to be operational by end of 2020, the system will be owned, operated and maintained by Opuces
The combined heat and power plant will be fueled by natural gas and will generate electricity and useful heat simultaneously. The new system will help the city realize energy efficiencies, save heating and cooling costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also help the recreation facility generate its own back up heat and electricity during a power outage, said a city media release.
This project, aligned with Oshawa’s Corporate Facilities Energy Management Plan, will reduce Delpark Home Centre’s draw on the grid by approximately 3,700 MWh each year. Over the lifetime of the project, it will take the equivalent of approximately 4,000 Canadian homes off-grid.
Mayor Dan Carter said: “This is another innovative approach from the city’s energy partner aimed at reducing demand on our electricity system that will result in bottom line savings for many years to come.”