A $44,000 grant will be used to investigate the feasibility of a geothermal district heating project in Whitby.
The town is considering integrating a geothermal district energy system into the construction of the new Whitby Sports Complex, slated to be located on the west side of Baldwin Street South, south of Highway 407.
The energy plant would power the new recreation complex, as well as surrounding businesses, heating them in the winter and cooling them in the summers.
Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell said the project represents climate action and addressing the issue of greenhouse gasses (GHGs).
Craig Ballard, CEO of Elexicon, spoke on behalf of the utility company.
“Ten feet below maintains a consistent temperature of about 10 C all year around, which is a rather amazing and sustainable and infinite source of heating and cooling year-round,” he said.
“District energy, we believe, is…