The two ecompanies behind Christchurch's first district energy system (DES) are starting to lobby private developers to join the scheme.
The DES plans to power up some of the major precincts in the central city rebuild through a central energy system that erases the need for buildings to have their own boiler systems. Pioneer Generation Ltd and Cowley Services Ltd are designing the system which has the backing of Christchurch District Health Board, the city council and the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority.
At a information session this week, the companies said they needed private developers to begin incorporating the system as part of their central city rebuild.
Underground thermal energy from an aquifer drives the system which delivers through underground pipes.
DES is expected to invest $30 million to $50m in thermal energy assets. It could build more than 40MW of thermal energy capacity and supply over 700,000 square metres of space within its first five years of operation. Forty MW of thermal energy capacity is enough to heat the equivalent of 10,000 homes.
DES have been installed in Manchester, England and closer to home in Dunedin and Washdyke.
- The Press
Which memorial design do you like most?Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled
• Newsroom 03-943 2827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Classified Ads: 03-3778778 or email email@example.com
• Display and Online Ads: 03-3648285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• General inquiries: 03 379 0940
• Subscribe to The Press
• Deliveries, subscriptions, holiday stop/starts: 03 364 8464, or email: email@example.com
• No paper or holiday stop/starts: action online
• Buy a photo
• Newspaper subscribers - register for the digital edition
• Make press.co.nz your homepage
Read Press extras for Avenues, fashion, home design and weddings
Births, weddings, engagements
Death notices and in memoriam