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Guelph energy district

City of Guelph

The Sleeman Centre serves as the central heating and cooling plant for the Galt District Energy System, which is owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., a Guelph Hydro subsidiary.

New condo a landmark first for district energy district.

A high-rise condominium tower planned for the downtown will be the first residential building in Guelph to be heated and cooled by district energy, rather than by its own heating and cooling equipment.
River Mill Condominiums, the second 18-storey condo tower to be built downtown by the Tricar Group, will be supplied with heating, hot water and air conditioning by the Galt District Energy System, said a city news release Tuesday.
Starting this fall, insulated underground pipes will be installed along Macdonell, Woolwich and Wellington streets.
These pipes will transport hot and chilled water in a closed loop system to the River Mill site, where they will pass through a heat exchanger located in an energy transfer station in the new condominium building. The Sleeman Centre serves as the central heating and cooling plant for the Galt District Energy System, which is owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., a Guelph Hydro subsidiary.
Equipment at the Sleeman Centre uses natural gas to heat water in boilers for space heating, and the centre has a central chilling unit to chill water for cooling.
The addition of Tricar’s planned second condo tower to the energy system is an important step in Guelph’s plans to build North America’s first city-wide district energy network to supply at least 50 per cent of the community’s heating needs in the next 30 years, the release said.
Individual programmable thermostats in the 139 condo suites will let residents monitor and control the temperature in their units to ensure comfort, it said.
“Congratulations to Tricar for leading the way with Guelph’s first residential building to be heated and cooled through a district energy system,” Mayor Karen Farbridge said in the release.
“This reflects not only Tricar’s commitment to corporate citizenship and environmental sustainability, but also their confidence that district energy makes good business sense,” she said. “This system provides reliable, cost competitive, and clean heating and cooling while consuming less energy – a prime example of doing more with less.”

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