Regent Park Community Energy System

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Regent Park Community Energy System


Toronto, Ontario

The Regent Park DE project had a large number of energy source alternatives, including geo-exchange considered at the feasibility study stage. The build-out will have 50 mid-high rise multi-residential buildings, and townhouses, with 5,000 residential units (two-thirds market units), together with retail and community amenities. It is also intended to serve some existing buildings.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) engaged FVB in 2004. Energy system alternatives were discussed with stakeholders, energy demands forecasted, potential energy sources evaluated and technical concepts developed, together with conceptual cost estimates. Pricing formulae and a Business Plan were developed. Studies were made of extending the DPS to serve nearby existing buildings, including four high rise apartment buildings owned by TCHC that contain a total of 1,200 units.

Assistance was provided in the selection of and negotiations with a private utility partner, Corix Utilities. The Board of TCHC approved the Business Plan and the project was committed in 2006. When the Toronto Transit Commission closed down a busy street to replace streetcar tracks in 2007, this window of opportunity was used to install part of the DPS for Phase 2. The Energy Centre commenced operation in 2009 serving Phase 1.

At build-out, the Energy Centre will generate 30 MWt of heating and 4,500 tons of cooling, with provision to incorporate a variety of energy sources. There will be 4 trench kilometres of buried 4-pipe DPS and ETS for heating and cooling in each building.

The current value of the Regent Park DES is approximately $1.5M. During the course of FVB’s relationship with the Project Management of the Regent Park Project all of FVB’s deliverables have been on-time and on-budget.

FVB was the prime DE consultant responsible for preliminary engineering, detailed engineering, construction support and periodic review of business development options.