Renewable energy will be used in a number of municipal projects across Canada.BANFF, Alberta, CA, 2001-05-28 [SolarAccess.com] Sixty-one projects will be funded under the Green Municipal Funds offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The federal government established the Funds to stimulate investment in infrastructure projects and environmental practices in municipalities that install new technology to improve energy efficiency of municipal operations. “More than $3.6 million will be disbursed to 48 municipalities, several of which received funding for more than one project,” explains FCM president Joanne Monaghan. “We are pleased and proud of the leadership and outstanding ideas municipalities have developed to protect the environment and improve the quality of their citizens’ lives.” The GMF has $25 million in a fund to support feasibility studies, while another $100 million fund is used as a revolving fund to support project implementation. The funds leverage larger amounts for the studies and projects through contributions by municipalities and private-sector partnerships. “GMF-funded projects put innovative technologies to work to improve the quality of life for Canadians in rural, northern and urban communities,” says Environment minister David Anderson. “These efforts will strengthen environmental management, emphasize energy efficiency and alternative energy and help develop solutions to address climate change – key Government of Canada goals.” The Greater Vancouver Regional District will spend $95,000 to study cost and energy savings and reductions in GHG emissions from the installation of solar-thermal heating systems at 19 municipal swimming pools. The pools currently use natural gas boilers to heat water, and solar heating will improve air quality and reduce this use of natural gas. Retrofits are expected to reduce annual energy requirements by 25 to 50 percent and savings on energy will pay for the retrofits within ten years. The City of Toronto will spend $800,000 to set up a park and nature preserve that will feature passive solar energy design elements, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heating and a number of low-energy building concepts. The District of West Vancouver will spend $100,000 to study the construction of a micro-hydro plant to generate green energy. The turbine equipment would generate hydropower while reducing the use of costly pressure-reduction valves. The Township of Uxbridge will spend $11,500 to undertake an energy conservation study to assess the installation of systems at its swimming pool complex, including the use of solar heating and cooling techniques. The City of Hull will spend $60,000 to assess options for community district heating and cooling systems that may include water-source heat pumps from the Ottawa River for federal buildings. The Town of Colonsay will spend $365,000 to replace the ice making equipment in its curling and skating complex with an earth energy heat pump. It will be the first facility in Saskatchewan to incorporate renewable energy in this application, which will reduce energy costs and generate new income opportunities for the community because the facility will be available year-round. The City of Calgary will spend $325,000 to assess the possibility of capturing biogas generated by landfill for power generation by its municipal utility, ENMAX, which currently operates Canada’s largest green energy program from wind turbines. A number of projects involved the use of landfill gas recapture and cogeneration in municipal facilities, as well as a number of district heating systems. This funding increases the total funded projects to 73, with $4.1 million committed to municipal efforts. FCM is the national voice of municipal governments in Canada.