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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd July 2010
Ministry of Education
More northern and interior schools will benefit from energy- efficient mechanical upgrades as a part of a $20-million investment by the Province and school districts, announced Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid.

"These upgrades put student learning first while providing a more environmentally sound learning space with improved air quality and heating efficiency," said MacDiarmid. "School districts will be able to keep more funds focused on learning through the cost savings the upgrades will bring."

These projects will result in an estimated carbon footprint reduction of almost 1,200 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 218 cars off the road. The overall cost savings for districts that result from this program will depend on the upgrade taking place at each school. For example, new condensing boilers can double fuel-to-heat conversion efficiency, and heat pumps typically triple the efficiency of existing heating systems.

"The Province is working with communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping them move towards using cleaner, more efficient heating systems," said John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. "Making our schools models for progressive environmental practices not only helps save on energy costs, but will help us reach our goal of being carbon- neutral in 2010."

The Province is funding up to $500,000 for specific projects. Qualifying interior and northern school districts are making a minimum matching investment of 50 per cent of the total project budget. Boards may invest additional funds to support local upgrades.

These projects are phase two of an investment by the Province and school districts to improve energy efficiency and air quality in interior and northern B.C. schools. This investment is part of a $20-million initiative that is expected to create up to 128 direct jobs as part of the Province's $14-billion public infrastructure program. Through Budget 2010, the Province is also providing $110 million to school districts across B.C. for annual facilities grants.

Since 2001, the Province has spent more than $1.7 billion to complete 80 new and replacement schools, 148 additions, 26 renovation projects and 22 site acquisitions across B.C. All new and replacement schools have been constructed to meet the latest seismic standards.

By the end of 2010-11, the Province will have committed more than $3.9 billion in school capital and maintenance projects across B.C.

PROVINCE INVESTS IN MECHANICAL UPGRADES FOR 17 SCHOOLS

Schools from the Northwest and bolded.

SD #10 Nakusp Secondary (Nakusp)
Project highlights include a ground source heat pump.
Capital Funding: $201,500
Est. Total Cost: $403,000

SD #27 Mile 108 Elementary (108 Mile Ranch)
Project highlights include a ground source heat pump.
Capital Funding: $250,000
Est. Total Cost: $500,000

SD #27 Naghtaneqed Elementary/Junior Secondary (Nemiah Valley)
Project highlights include propane rooftop units.
Capital Funding: $215,000
Est. Total Cost: $430,000

SD #27 Alexis Creek Elementary/Secondary (Alexis Creek)
Project highlights include a bio-energy heating system using wood
pellets.
Capital Funding: $240,000
Est. Total Cost: $480,000

SD #52 Charles Hayes Secondary (Prince Rupert)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $175,000
Est. Total Cost: $350,000


SD #54 Smithers Secondary (Smithers)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $182,500
Est. Total Cost: $365,000


SD# 59 Parkland Elementary (Farmington)
Project highlights include high-efficiency natural gas-fired condensing
furnaces.
Capital Funding: $60,000
Est. Total Cost: $120,000

SD #59 Tate Creek Elementary (Tomslake)
Project highlights include natural gas-fired condensing furnaces.
Capital Funding: $55,000
Est. Total Cost: $110,000

SD# 59 Central Middle School (Dawson Creek)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $375,000
Est. Total Cost: $750,000

SD #60 Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary School (Fort St. John)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $200,000
Est. Total Cost: $400,000

SD #60 Bert Ambrose Elementary (Fort St. John)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $137,500
Est. Total Cost: $275,000

SD #60 Dr. Kearney Jr. Secondary School (Fort St. John)
Project highlights include an upgraded HVAC system.
Capital Funding: $137,500
Est. Total Cost: $275,000

SD #82 Nechako Elementary (Kitimat)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $495,000
Est. Total Cost: $990,000


SD #87 Tahltan Elementary (Telegraph Creek)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $100,000
Est. Total Cost: $200,000

SD #91 Mouse Mountain Elementary (Fraser Lake)
Project highlights include replacing HVAC and installing direct digital
controls.
Capital Funding: $234,115
Est. Total Cost: $468,230

SD #91 David Hoy Elementary (Fort St. James)
Project highlights include replacing HVAC and installing direct digital
controls.
Capital Funding: $230,819
Est. Total Cost: $461,638

SD #93 École Franco-Nord Elementary (Prince George)
Project highlights include high-efficiency condensing boilers.
Capital Funding: $400,000
Est. Total Cost: $800,000