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What is the City doing to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)?

  • replaced lighting at City Hall, annually saving $50,000 in energy costs and over 400 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions
  • installed new HVAC system motors with variable frequency drives at City Hall, the Recreation Complex and West Shore Community Centre, saving a total of 240,429 kWh/year of energy
  • replaced backup boiler and humidification system and installed automated chilled water system at City Hall, annually saving 55 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
  • introduced a Computerized Energy Management System and Computerized Lighting Control System at all facilities
  • installed a green roof at both the Recreation Complex and Don Beer Arena
  • fitted the squash courts at the Recreation Complex with light motion sensors
  • replaced windows at West Shore Community Centre
  • replaced lighting and installed a white roof at East Shore Community Centre
  • installed high-efficiency LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in all City traffic lights
  • Completed a 100kW solar photovoltaic project at the Claremont Community Centre, installed under the FIT 2.0 program. This green energy initiative is a joint partnership between Veridian Connections, Queen Street Solar Co-operative and Solera Sustainable Energies Company in cooperation with the City of Pickering. Some of the revenue generated by the sale of the electricity will help fund the City's Green Initiative Fund which focuses on future green projects. See photos in the gallery below. Check out the solar project's performance today via this live feed.

The City's energy efficiency projects have reduced energy use in City facilities by 8.6% and GHG emissions by 10.6% compared with pre-project levels. In addition, these projects have saved the City approximately $200,000 a year in energy and operating costs.

Photo Gallery: CCC Solar Panels will appear here on the public site.

Compact Thermal Energy Storage Technology Assessment Report

In 2012, the City of Pickering undertook a research project with Natural Resources Canada on compact thermal energy storage. An assessment report has been put together by SAIC Canada on compact thermal energy storage technologies and its potential integration into residential, commercial and institutional buildings in Canada.  

The report assesses the likelihood that an increased research effort in Canada on thermochemical energy storage (i.e. compact heat storage) would lead to the development of a cost-effective solution for using solar seasonal energy storage to heat Canadian homes.

The report includes a summary of a stakeholder workshop held in Pickering last year, that involved over 15 representatives from industry, municipal government, regulatory and non-governmental organizations.

View the Compact Thermal Energy Storage Technology Assessment Report.