Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation

Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation

April 06, 2005 00:35 ET

Village of Anmore Announces Renewable Energy Project

Renewable green energy created and owned by the community Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Energy Editor, Science Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor ANMORE (VANCOUVER) BC CANADA--(CCNMatthews - April 6, 2005) - Village of Anmore Announces Renewable Energy Project

The Village of Anmore has announced plans to develop a renewable energy centre that will contribute to the community's energy requirements while serving to publicly showcase how other communities can produce renewable energy for their own use.

The proposed renewable energy centre will employ proven green energy technologies using the water, solar and wind resources in the community and apply the energy to the production of green Hydrogen. The stored Hydrogen would be used to power municipal vehicles and for heating and cooling Anmore's infrastructure. The proposed site for the project is adjacent to a recreational facility owned and operated by BC Hydro on Buntzen Lake in the Village of Anmore.

The renewable energy centre building will be designed and built to the highest standard under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. It will be both energy efficient and energy self-sufficient and designed to reflect the objectives of the centre and inspire visitors to engage in improving responsible production and use of energy.

This prototype centre would be designed to operate on a pre-commercial-scale and provide valuable and practical operational and economic information to the renewable energy industry, financial and government institutions and the public concerning the viability of community-level initiatives to become more energy self-sufficient.

The Village of Anmore is working with BC Hydro, Renaissance Power Corporation and a consortium of technology providers to finalize a plan for financing, construction and operation of the centre. Ownership of the renewable energy centre is planned through a separate foundation to be created and controlled by the Village of Anmore through a foundation called the "Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation."

"It is very logical for a village such as Anmore to move on this type of renewable energy project" said Anmore's Mayor, Hal Weinberg.

"Anmore is the type of community where many Canadians would like to live because of our belief in sustainable development. In a practical sense it is also small enough to be able to absorb new ideas relatively easily and we have the opportunity to start to demonstrate the future way our communities could be powered."

Objectives of the project include:

• Providing a working model to demonstrate the benefits and impacts of micro-scale hydroelectric systems.
• Demonstrate technical innovation, unique in Canada, showcasing the use of renewable electric power coupled with the use of hydrogen for transportation and building service
• Significantly reduce the overall environmental impact of community energy use while meeting the community's environmental goals
• Become more energy self-reliant, with the goal of become near self-sufficient without compromising its natural environs.
• Provide a leadership model for other communities
• Demonstrate a responsible use of natural resources balancing diverse and competing values.

The next step for the Foundation is to commission a feasibility study to finalize the financing and construction details as well as to implement a public process to gain input to the educational and interactive aspects of the project

A website is available for those seeking more information on this proposed project

Media contact:

Steve Simpson
Identity Management Inc.
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