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USA/Germany: Two Solar Awards for Outstanding District Heating Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2013

Outstanding solar district heating projects have recently been honoured with two awards in just one week. The IEA Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its SHC Solar Award 2013 to the Drake Landing Company from Canada. Drake Landing consists of four organisations: United Communities (developer), Sterling Homes (builder), ATCO Gas (utility) and the Town of Okotoks (municipality). The company was established to oversee ownership and operation of the Drake Landing Solar Community, which uses solar thermal collectors and borehole heat storage to provide over 90% of the space heating for 52 homes. It has also recently set a new world record of 98% solar heating performance in its sixth year of operation, as explained in a press release on 24 September. Bruce Littke from ATCO Gas (in the middle) and Keith Paget from Sterling Homes (second from right) accepted the award at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2013, in Freiburg, Germany. The second award was presented at the 3rd Global District Energy Summit and Awards in New York City on 23 September. Millennium Energy Industries (MEI) received the prestigious award for implementing the world’s largest operational solar heating project at the Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Photo: Stephanie Banse

Canada: District Heating with 90 % Solar Fraction

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 24, 2011

 Drake Landing Solar Community As Bruce Sibbitt, Engineer at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), announced during his presentation at the Solar World Congress in Kassel, Germany, in September, the solar district heating system at the Drake Landing Solar Community has - in its fourth year in operation - almost reached the planned solar fraction of 90 %. In addition to borehole heat storage of 34,000 m3, the system is equipped with two short-term storage tanks, which have a capacity of 120 m3 of water each.
Photo: Natural Resources Canada

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