Great South business and strategic projects general manager Steve Canny, hails Invercargill’s plan to invest in a renewable heating network a trail-blazing project. Great South did the feasibility study for the CBD’s heating project and will also deliver the project.
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world (“Invercargill – Wikipedia”, 2020, para. 1)
Instead of using coal or gas to heat the boilers on each building, the city of Invercargill will use a single high-tech wood-fueled burner to heat the water for all the buildings around Invercargill’s CBD including the City Council headquarters and the Civic Theatre.
Invercargill’s Prison and the Southern Institute of Technology, a public tertiary institution will also have this new heating system to replace their coal-fueled boilers.
NZ Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that the renewable heating network will improve the city’s air quality and reduce CO2 emissions by 6000 tonnes which is equivalent to 1300 cars. It will also create local jobs, and the use of wood will develop a domestic industry for biomass.
The Government is investing $14.6 million on this project as part of the Covid-19 stimulus package.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Civic Theatre, Invercargill, NZ by Corey Fuimaono – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34722513