LEC Future Plans

Lower Lonsdale

LEC first started delivering cost-effective, high-efficiency energy to the Lower Lonsdale and the historic Shipyards precinct through a state-of-the-art heating system. Lower Lonsdale is both large in area and dense in population, with residential and commercial buildings situated alongside cultural and historic ones. The City's Waterfront Project and Pier Development are transforming the former Shipyards site and bringing new visitors and businesses to the area.

Central Lonsdale

A second service area was created when LEC expanded its delivery of environmental, social and economic benefits into Central Lonsdale, where the City's Library and Civic Centre are located. The City expanded LEC services into Central Lonsdale to serve the City's new Library/Civic Centre Development and is now expanding further to meet the growing population and energy needs in the area. Heat production at the Central Lonsdale miniplant is assisted by 120 solar hot water panels on the top of the new library, which produce zero emissions and will help move the City toward 100% renewable energy use in the future. A ground source heat pump system that pulls heat from the ground and recovers heat from cooling buildings has been constructed under the North Vancouver School District office building and Gordon Smith Art Gallery, and numerous new buildings in the area are planned to be connected to the system.

Marine Harbourside

The development of a third service area is underway in the Marine Harbourside area. A new miniplant is under construction at the new City of North Vancouver Works Yard at the corner of West Ist Street and Fell Avenue, and the district energy system piping is being installed to serve new buildings under construction on Marine Drive, West 3rd Street, Copping Street, the Works Yard building and Greenhouse, and the North Shore Rescue Building.

Future Plans

The City of North Vancouver Hydronic Heat Energy Service Bylaw requires that all new buildings over 1,000 m2 be connected to the district energy system. As a result the system is expanding in all three areas to accommodate new customers. The long-term goal is to connect the three areas together and maximize the use of low emission green energy generation options that can be shared amongst the large buildings adjacent to these areas.

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