A proposal by the District of Sicamous to apply for a federal bioheat grant received support from the Board of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) at its meeting on Tuesday evening at the District Education Support Centre (DESC).
Over the past couple of years the District of Sicamous has been looking into using wood waste, in particular wood pellets, to heat district buildings and perhaps even generate electricity. Sicamous is now seeking funding for the biomass project through a federal clean energy for rural communities grant program.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the District of Sicamous,” commented Joe McCulloch, the Operations Manager for the District of Sicamous, to the Board in a presentation asking for the Board’s support. “There is no natural gas in our area and the cost of electricity is very high.”
He added they have identified a small nucleus which could initially be supplied by the project, in which Parkview Elementary, the strip mall, community centre, hardware store and a few more businesses are located.
After reading through the supplied materials and hearing from McCulloch, a motion was made to write a letter to the District of Sicamous in support of its grant application to Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration and Deployment Program Stream for advancement of a biomass heating project for the District of Sicamous. In the letter, the Board will express interest in understanding how the bio-energy program could benefit the local schools and reduce both its carbon use and save money on fuel and heating bills.