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HVAC, plumbing systems among energy efficient upgrades for Ontario schools

January 25, 2018 | By Jillian Morgan

Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter announces energy efficient upgrades

Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter announced the funding for school improvement projects at Kensington Community School in Toronto, ON. The school will receive two new energy-efficient hot water boilers – a total investment of $358,000.

Nearly 600 schools across Ontario will receive energy-efficient upgrades in 2018.

The $200 million investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Funding will support the installation of new, energy-efficient components in older buildings, including ground and air source heat pumps, HVAC systems and hot water boilers.

Other upgrades and installations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create renewable energy production include solar panels, LED lighting systems, solar photovoltaic cells, real-time energy monitoring and new economizers and controls.

The Ministry of Education has provided a list of eligible expenses to the 72 school boards. The school boards then decide on which upgrades are to be completed.

Overall funding is part of the province’s $1.4 billion investment to improve school buildings by repairing and upgrading elements such as roofs, flooring and plumbing systems. www.ontario.ca



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