Alternative Energy Initiative
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The Red Deer College Alternative Energy Initiative promotes environmental stewardship through the application of sustainable and energy efficient technologies to reduce energy consumption. The Alternative Energy Initiative is part of RDC's larger, future-focused Green Energy Master Plan, which works to incorporate and develop alternative energy systems that will provide learning and innovation opportunities for students, industry and community partners while working also to reduce the College's overall carbon footprint.
Through the components of the Alternative Energy Initiative, RDC will create and save the equivalent energy required to power 1,300 average homes in Alberta. Put another way, this will be the equivalent of removing 1,100 cars off the road annually.
Three Components of the Alternative Energy Initiative
Generation of Alternative Energy: several facilities on the RDC main campus will have solar (photo-voltaic) panels installed, including the new Residence, the Alternative Energy Lab and the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. By the end of 2018, 3,645 panels will be installed in a range of conventional and non-conventional configurations, supporting learning about energy production and efficiency. In addition, a Combined Heat and Power Unit is planned, which will produce heat (hot water) to generate electricity. Once complete, the heat that would otherwise be wasted will be tied into the existing hot water distribution system and will be used for space heating in various locations of the main campus
Alternative Energy Lab: a new Alternative Energy Lab, currently under construction, that will serve as a data hub to increase knowledge and awareness about alternative energy technologies for students, industry and researchers
Continuing Conservation: through the conversion of all exterior lighting to LED lighting across main campus
Part of a Larger Picture
The Alternative Energy Initiative is possible through a Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund grant with matching investment by RDC, and it supports the Government of Canada's climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects. This funding was announced on January 20, 2017, and complete details are available in the media release.