QUALICUM – Errington Elementary School and Oceanside Elementary schools will become more energy efficient this year thanks to $120,000 in funding from the provincial Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP), announced Parksville – Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell today.
“Both these schools will realize considerable savings with new, more efficient lighting systems,” said Stilwell. “The CNCP saves districts an average of $2.1 million per year and reduces an average of 6,417 tonnes of carbon.”
Qualicum school district will use the funding to upgrade Errington and Oceanside Elementary schools’ lighting systems. The new lights will cut down the school’s electricity costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The CNCP gives school districts money to fund projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions. These upgrades benefit schools by saving them money on electricity, natural gas and maintenance. Schools can put the money they save on energy back into classrooms
This year $4.8 million worth of projects have been approved across the province.
School districts applied for funding by submitting proposals to the Ministry of Education. Projects were selected based on the specific needs of each district, how well they would save money by boosting energy efficiency, and the school district and energy service provider contributions. The CNCP funds up to $5 million worth of projects each year.
By funding carbon neutral school projects, government is supporting student learning and putting British Columbians first by creating jobs in the province’s growing clean energy sector.
- Since 2012, the B.C. government has funded almost $25 million in projects under the Carbon Neutral Capital Program. These capital investments help school districts lower their carbon emissions by using more efficient technology in school buildings.
- Because of its success in K-12 schools, the CNCP was expanded to the health and post-secondary sectors in 2014.
For more information on carbon neutral government: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/policy-legislation-programs/carbon-neutral-government