A neighbourhood renewable energy system produces heat at an energy centre.
Distribution pipes then take the heat from the energy centre to residential, commercial, and institutional buildings to meet their hot water and space heating requirements.
Neighbourhood renewable energy systems are most suitable in dense urban areas.
Energy centres are the heart of neighbourhood energy platforms.
Energy centres may make use of a variety of different low carbon energy technologies, such as sewer heat recovery, geothermal heat, urban wood waste, and waste heat recovered from building cooling or industrial processes.
Because energy centres are subtantially different from typical forms of urban development, we established guidelines to enable low carbon development and protect the public interest. Energy centre design and operation must take the following into consideration:
Neighbourhood renewable energy systems function like other public utilities. A neigbhourhood renewable energy utility provider constructs and maintains infrastructure as a public service – in this instance for heat and domestic hot water.
Utilities recover all construction and operations costs through fees charged to customers and have no impact on Vancouver property taxes.
Neighbourhood renewable energy systems are undergoing a renaissance in cities around the world as a result of growing concerns about climate protection, energy security, and economic resilience. Advantages include: