Selkirk College Turns Wood Waste Into Winter Heat

By Bob Hall
The Castlegar Source
October 17, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CASTLEGAR, BC — A new biomass boiler on Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus is diverting wood waste with a significant bonus to the bottom line. A load of wood chips from Salmo’s Porcupine Wood Products was delivered in mid-October, ushering in a new sustainable heat source era for the Nelson-based campus that was first opened in 1961. Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training, the $1.8 million boiler project will reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) by at least 50 per cent while saving the college $15,000 in natural gas purchases and $4,000 in carbon offset payments. …Home to the college’s School of Industry & Trades Training, the seven campus buildings have used a natural gas fired central heating plant to provide most of the winter heat. …Beyond the primary objectives of reducing GHGs and costs, the biomass boiler will be used as a tangible training tool for relevant college programs.

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