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Sustainable West Village vision progresses with energy centre and park construction

Mayor at West Village Energy Centre & Park groundbreaking

June 28, 2017

The City of Surrey broke ground today at the site of the forthcoming West Village Energy Centre & Park. These new amenities will be key pieces of sustainable infrastructure in West Village, an emerging neighbourhood in Surrey’s City Centre.

West Village Energy Centre will be home to Surrey City Energy, the city-owned district energy utility that currently provides heat and hot water to commercial and residential buildings in parts of City Centre. The district energy system will eventually be built out to make its sustainable heat and hot water service available to the entire City Centre. The new energy centre will be Surrey City Energy’s first permanent district energy facility, and will be co-located with West Village Park.

This district energy system is central to providing a renewable energy future for Surrey. While the initial phases of the system development are fueled by high-efficiency natural gas boilers, low-carbon heating sources are being added over time. By the end of 2017, buildings serviced by Surrey City Energy will be heated with energy supplied by geothermal wells underneath City Hall. Future energy sources will likely include organic waste, solar energy, and biomass from clean waste wood.

“Surrey is committed to investing in sustainable infrastructure like the West Village Energy Centre. This new district energy system is a cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable way of supplying heat and hot water to buildings,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The West Village Energy Centre will be integrated as part of the new West Village Park, the first of a number of parks planned in City Centre to provide essential green spaces in this fast growing urban neighbourhood.”

The energy centre is being built not only as a functional facility, but as a part of the park, with interpretive/educational components. Open facades on the centre will allow viewing of the internal functions from the outside, and it will serve as an amenity for local neighbourhood residents as well as visitors who will be able to view the inner workings of this showcase facility.

West Village Park will be a new mini-neighbourhood park which will provide contemporary urban space, a plaza and sustainable park features. It will also include lounging space and a children’s play area. West Village Park is the first of a number of mini parks planned in City Centre to provide important open space in a rapidly developing neighbourhood.

“West Village Park is one of 10 new parks planned for City Centre to provide recreational and neighbourhood gathering space in our growing downtown core,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Committee. “Park space is essential to building complete, healthy communities.”

View the video at www.surrey.ca/districtenergy for further insight into the vision for the West Village neighbourhood.

 

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For project information contact:

Jason Owen

District Energy Manager

City of Surrey

(604) 591-4742
JOwen@surrey.ca

 

For Mayor & Council interviews:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
(604) 591-4519
OWLum@surrey.ca