The London District Catholic School Board, in conjunction with Natural Resources Canada, Ameresco and other partners announced a project on Wednesday that will transform John Paul II Catholic Secondary School into Canada’s first carbon neutral school.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for London West, Kate Young, together with Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, together announced the $4.8-million retrofit that will see the London, Ontario, high school to meet its energy needs with clean, renewable energy and support the local electricity grid.
Hearing from @KateYoungMP at John Paul II, where the school has just announced it will become Canada’s first carbon neutral school. This means JPII will produce all of its energy needs while reducing the school’s greenhouse gas emissions to near zero on an annual basis #LdnOnt pic.twitter.com/kUNvGc0rm3
— Andrew Graham (@andrewjwgraham) May 22, 2019
Following a successful feasibility study, the approximately $9.7 million project will allow JPII to generate its own energy requirements. Highlights include advanced geothermal heating and cooling, solar panel covered carports and roof, electric vehicle charging stations and more.
Once completed in late 2020 and fully commissioned in early 2021, the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to the energy required to heat, cool and provide electricity to the school to near zero on an annual basis, removing approximately 275 tonnes of Carbon on an annual basis. The only natural gas used in the building will be for science labs and kitchen equipment.
An energy microgrid will include an energy storage system and an integrated building control system that will utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to reduce energy use to an absolute minimum while maintaining occupancy safety and comfort. The microgrid will also allow the school’s energy systems to provide energy and other energy ancillary services to both the London Hydro and provincial electricity system while providing the school with resilient energy availability during both short- and long-term electrical outages.
The project will be designed, built, owned and operated by Ameresco.
“We commend the London District Catholic School Board for pursuing this project and for working to both reduce energy consumption and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions for John Paul II Catholic Secondary School. The deep-energy retrofits of this secondary school play a critical role in reducing our societal carbon emissions. This project is a model for others because it not only prioritizes building energy efficiency but also showcases the importance of transitioning to a microgrid that not only allows for energy resiliency but also renewable energy sources. The School Board is setting a terrific example for its students, and for the community, by championing this project,” said Bob McCullough, President, Ameresco Canada Inc.
John Paul II is intended to be a showcase model for other school boards across Ontario and the rest of Canada, proving that a carbon free school is economically viable.
The school board will also develop a curriculum to educate students about this type of emerging energy system.
“This project is an amazing opportunity for the London District Catholic School Board and our students. We hope that John Paul II Catholic Secondary School will become a model for other projects throughout Canada. We also look forward to integrating the project into the classroom curriculum so that our students can take a leadership role in environmental stewardship to care for Creation and our planet for future generations,” said Jacquie Davison, Superintendent of Business, London District Catholic School Board.
- 50,000 feet of drilled piping (100 x 500 feet) for geothermal heating and cooling system
- 2,300 solar panels providing 804kWDC of power and covered parking spaces for many of the vehicles that park at JPII
- 1.1MW Power – 2.2MWh Energy electrical energy storage system
- 2 electric vehicle charging stations
Energy-efficient buildings and smart grids are part of Canada’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, through which our government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the global shift toward a cleaner, greener economy is the opportunity of a lifetime. From May 27 to 29, 2019, Canada will welcome over 25 countries to this year’s Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial to discuss a future that is cleaner, brighter and more prosperous for generations to come. Canada will showcase its leadership in cleantech innovation, champion the issue of gender equality, youth and Indigenous peoples in clean energy and promote Canada as an investment destination. Learn more at: http://cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca/.