Brockton Oval in Stanley Park will be the site of a solar thermal demonstration project - a Greenest City Action Team recommendation - which will heat water in the public washroom facilities and change rooms.
“This solar demonstration project is yet another initiative that will move us closer to our goal to become the greenest city in the world by 2020,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Pursuing and expanding opportunities for clean energy projects in our city saves us money, creates green jobs, and reduces our carbon footprint.”
The solar demonstration project is one of 44 actions in the Greenest City: Quick Start Recommendations report released last spring by the Greenest City Action Team. The team, assembled by Mayor Robertson, identified Brockton Oval as a site for a demonstration project because of its good solar exposure and large number of visitors.
“The Vancouver Park Board is always looking at ways of incorporating energy savings into renovations and renewal,” said Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. “This solar heating project at Stanley Park is one example of our commitment to green alternatives.”
Flat plate solar collectors will be installed this month on the roof of the men’s and women’s bathrooms and change rooms at Brockton Oval. The panels will heat the water, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 600 kilograms per year—the equivalent of taking one car off the road—and save up to 25 per cent on the building’s energy bill.
Currently, hot water at the facility is heated by a combination of electricity and natural gas.
The Vancouver Park Board, which along with Terasen Gas is funding the project, is hoping it will educate the public about clean, renewable energy. A real time energy monitoring system will also be set up. A video diary will be maintained and available online at http://vancouver.ca/PARKS/info/planning/brocktonsolarthermal/index.htm. The project will be used as a template for future solar thermal projects in the city.
Photo credit: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation