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New biomass heater coming to Kensington schools


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Some P.E.I. schools will soon be heated with biomass plants. - 123RF stock photo.
KENSINGTON, P.E.I. —

The province of P.E.I. is one step closer to heating two Kensington school with biomass.

The Town of Kensington has approved a development permit for a new structure that will house a biomass heating plant.

Once constructed the unit will burn wood chips to heat Queen Elizabeth Elementary and Kensington Intermediate Senior High School (KISH).

Earlier this year the province announced that biomass heating would be brought to five more schools. There are currently 29 government facilities in the province that use this type of heating system.

The other three schools, West Royalty, Westwood and ME Callaghan will have their new heaters operational this winter, however, the two Kensington schools were delayed so it will most likely be next school year before they are brought online.

One structure will house the system for both Kensington schools and it will be built adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Elementary.

The province estimates the project will replace the burning of 148,500 litres of oil at KISH and 76,500 litres of oil at Queen Elizabeth. The project should eliminate the production of about 600 tonnes of CO2.

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