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May 21

Renewable Energy in Canadian Schools

You've seen the switch to renewable energy in businesses and corporations, but what about your community schools? Canada has a large number of clean energy projects established in our school systems.

In 2015, an Ontario school was named the "greenest school on Earth." Dunbarton High school in Pickering was awarded this title from the U.S. Building Council. They beat out more than 40 other schools from across the planet. The school has a number of different initiatives such as bee condos, tree planting, taking care of fish roe, making sure students use refillable water bottles, started a composting program, and lots more .*

On the other side of Canada, Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta, have started their own initiatives making them one of the greenest schools in Canada. They've created a program called INNOVATE, a hands-on project-based program that bridges the different curriculum's, connects to the greater community, and provides research and experiential opportunities to students who are focused on solving real-world problems of sustainable development. While using INNOVATE, students have presented at the annual Climate Change Conferences to youth delegates in Doha, Qatar, and Lima, Peru*.

New Brunswick specifically has taken on multiple renewable energy projects in their school systems.

​In our own backyard here in Fredericton, I'm sure everyone by now has noticed the solar panels on top of Fredericton High School. It's the province's largest solar panel installation at 100- kilowatts. The pilot project is used to see how well solar power works in the climate of New Brunswick. The panels will generate around 118,000-kilowatt hours of energy per year and cost about $543,000 to get up and running*.

At Sussex Regional High School, they were running into the issue of aging oil-heat boiler systems. Instead of replacing the same ones, the schools received biomass-fueled boiler systems. They are now the schools' primary heat source, working with a mixture of forced air hydronic heating coils and hydronic heaters at entryways. So far, they have achieved a reduction in oil consumption by about 95%. By making the switch, they are lowering their greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the use of locally sourced wood. *

Moncton launched an electric school bus pilot program for the 2018 academic year. They're embracing green technology by adding these buses into the mix, with one serving Anglophone East School District, and the other for Francophone South School District. This is part of the government's climate change action plan, Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy. *

Naveco Power is endeavoring to be a part of the movement for green energy in New Brunswick schools. It fits well with our mission to develop clean energy projects which will benefit our economy and environment while keeping New Brunswick investments local and profitable.

​Do You Want To See Renewable Energy In Your School?

​Reach out to our team, and we'd be happy to go over the different ways we can help your school become more energy efficient! 

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