OLIVER – Similkameen Elementary school will become more energy efficient this year thanks to $247,000 in funding from the provincial Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP), announced Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson today.

“Becoming more energy efficient can result in some significant savings,” said Larson. “The CNCP saves districts an average of $2.1 million per year and reduces an average of 6,417 tonnes of carbon.”

Okanagan Similkameen school district will use the funding to upgrade Similkameen Elementary Secondary school’s hot water and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which will cut down greenhouse gas emissions and save building heating costs.

The CNCP gives school districts money to fund projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions. These upgrades benefit schools by saving them money on electricity, natural gas and maintenance. Schools can put the money they save on energy back into classrooms

This year $4.8 million worth of projects have been approved across the province.

School districts applied for funding by submitting proposals to the Ministry of Education. Projects were selected based on the specific needs of each district, how well they would save money by boosting energy efficiency, and the school district and energy service provider contributions. The CNCP funds up to $5 million worth of projects each year.

By funding carbon neutral school projects, government is supporting student learning and putting British Columbians first by creating jobs in the province’s growing clean energy sector.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2012, the B.C. government has funded almost $25 million in projects under the Carbon Neutral Capital Program. These capital investments help school districts lower their carbon emissions by using more efficient technology in school buildings.
  • Because of its success in K-12 schools, the CNCP was expanded to the health and post-secondary sectors in 2014.

Learn More:

For more information on carbon neutral government: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/policy-legislation-programs/carbon-neutral-government