An Energy Challenge was issued by the City to residents in 2011. Over 100 people signed a pledge to reduce their energy consumption by 10% over a year. Kudos to all that participated as we work together to live more sustainably! The challenge concluded with a draw for a $1,000 gift certificate for active transportation related equipment/accessories.
A charrette was conducted in 2009 to develop a sustainable neighbourhood on the City owned land adjacent to the new hospital. Much work has been done to move along this concept such as the development of Sustainable Development Guidelines for the area. Most recently the City of Fort St. John has partnered with Natural Resources Canada to carry out a pre-feasibility study for a solar thermal district energy system for the area. This system allows for the storing of solar energy in the summer (underground) to be utilized in the winter and can cover up to 90% of the heat demand of the buildings connected to the system. For more information, please refer to the Drake’s Landing project in Okotoks, AB which utilizes a similar system.
Learn more about the City's exciting Passive House Project. Construction was completed in January 2015 and official Passive House certification was received in June 2015. The house was also certified LEED Platinum in 2017. It is only one of two houses in Canada to receive both designations.
Plug in BC
The City of Fort St. John is currently working with the other municipalities in the Peace Region to place electric vehicle charging stations in strategic locations. This project is funded through a grant with the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund to expand the network of electric vehicle charging stations across BC.
FSJ is a Solar Community
2010 Solar Community of the Year
The City of Fort St. John was recognized for its leadership in changing the regulatory environment for solar projects. Its building bylaw was revised to provide a rebate of $500 for a solar hot water ready building and $3,000 for installation of a solar hot water system. The City changed its OCP to include policies encouraging the use of alternative energy including solar; and creating development permit areas where Passive Solar Design is encouraged and renewable energy must supply at least 10% of energy demand. In addition, Fort St. John has installed solar hot water in City Hall, solar hot air heating at the City Public Works Shop, solar trash compactors, solar lighting at bus shelters, solar–powered pedestrian signals, and solar-powered wireless technology for data transfer from water meters and lagoons.
Fort St. John … Solar Ready!
Greening the BC Building Code is an ongoing initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas. As part of this initiative, Fort St. John has chosen to adopt the Solar Hot Water Ready requirement for new single family homes that was created by the Province.
For more information regarding requirements, approximate costs and Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Ministry’s website.
Solar Domestic Hot Water Development Permit Area
A recent initiative of the City, the Solar Domestic Hot Water Development Permit Area (SDHW DPA) was outlined in the Official Community Plan. This initiative takes the Solar Hot Water Ready Regulations to the next level and requires the installation of solar domestic hot water systems on all new single detached homes.
The objective of the SDHW DPA is the reduction of community wide greenhouse gas emissions. Solar domestic hot water is a pre-approved carbon offset strategy that will keep investment and benefits within the community. All single detached dwellings in all residential zones are included under this Development Permit Area. Further details can be found in Zoning Bylaw 2181, 2014 section 6.3.1.
Solar Photo Voltaic Project Partnership with School District 60
In 2011 the City of Fort St. John, SolarBC, School District 60 and the North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) partnered to deliver a 2.5kWp photovoltaic (solar to electricity) on the roof of the NPSS. The system is designed to be net metered with BC Hydro, allowing for the selling back of energy to the grid should there be any surplus. The photovoltaic system will act as an educational tool for high school students and others with its adjustability, real-time monitoring and various solar cell types.