Mount Royal University has been using old boilers to provide heat and energy to the campus for the last 35 years. The aging boilers would sometimes take “McGuyver-like” skills from the building operations team to keep the boilers working.
This all changed on Thursday when MRU launched a brand-new Co-Gen Heating Plant. A project that has been two years in the making.
Owen Zarazun, Building Operations Director for MRU, has been leading the Co-Gen Heating Plant project.
“We are all really excited to finally show off this unit to Mount Royal.” says Zarazun.
The new Co-Gen CHP Plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 425 vehicles off the road for an entire year.
The plant will also:
- Improve electricity efficiency by 38%
- Improve heating efficiency by 45%
- Provide 26% of the campus’s main electricity
Mount Royal University received $1.6 Million from the Government of Alberta’s emissions reduction program as well as a 30 per cent rebate from partner ATCO energy to make this project happen.
The combined heat and power unit is one of MRU’s many projects in a campus energy savings campaign. The campaign encourages students, staff and faculty to adopt more “Going Green” and sustainable practices.
The new plant is located around West Gate outside of Wyckham House.
You can watch a short CMRU.ca news story that shows a sneak peak of the Co-Gen Heating Plant during construction back in March 2018.