How It Works
The Community Energy Park is a microgrid that brings together innovative technologies to supply electricity and heat to the YMCA Aquatic Centre, Thomson Park and Memorial Gardens. It makes these facilities more efficient in their use of energy, and more resilient as an important hub of our community.
A community hub with self-sustaining electricity and heat in an emergency.
The ability to balance energy from multiple sources for maximum efficiency.
Leading technology that paves the way for future energy sustainability for our community, and the world.
An aging, inefficient power grid
The North American grid goes back to the days of Edison. It is complex and inefficient. Electricity travels vast distances, losing power along the way. It is costly and inefficient to build enough generators to meet the high energy demands of summer, while operating below capacity for the rest of the year. And as we learned in the Northeast blackout of 2003, it is susceptible to prolonged outages for reasons out of our control.
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