Richmond has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers with the 2018 Innovative Energy Project of the Year award for its Alexandra District Energy Utility Phase Four project.
The phase four project focused on connecting large retail development with low carbon, cost-effective and reliable energy. To do so, the project used air source heat pumps. According to City of Richmond, this project is the first district energy system in Canada to provide heating and cooling to a large retail building with this technology.
“Richmond has been an international leader in district energy development to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“Through innovation and conservation, we are proud of our achievements to secure a sustainable and economic energy source for thousands of residents and commercial and institutional users.”
The Project of the Year award is an international award recognizing an innovative energy project. Factors considered include the innovation and complexity of the project design, actual installation, operating costs, savings and achievements.