September 29, 2003

Vancouver Airport installs BC's largest solar-powered hot water heating system

RICHMOND, BC-Vancouver International Airport Authority (VIAA) has installed the largest solar-powered hot water heating system in British Columbia. The new system will contribute to savings of nearly $90,000 and 8,569 gigajoules per year. The 100 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the domestic terminal building, and will help to heat an average of 800 gallons of hot water at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) each day. Part of the $500,000 cost of the project came from BC Hydro's Power Smart program, which provided $85,000 in incentive funding. As an added benefit, the project is 100% Canadian. Thermo Dynamic, a Canadian firm involved in the research, development, production, distribution and installation of solar thermal equipment, manufactured the solar panels used at YVR. Taylor Munro Energy Systems, a Canadian renewable energy company, provided consultation on the installation of the YVR solar panels. Keen Engineering, a Vancouver-based sustainable engineering firm, provided the system design. Over the past year, VIAA and BC Hydro have worked together to reduce energy consumption and energy costs at YVR. The savings associated with the installation of the solar panel heating system will add to the nearly $2 million saved to date through various Power Smart and energy reduction initiatives already put in place at the airport. In 2002, the Airport Authority was recognized by BC Hydro as its first "Power Smart Certified" customer.
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