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ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PETER KENT VISITS ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT SENIORS’ TOWNHOUSE COMPLEX
NEW ABERDEEN (NS) – August 2, 2012 – Cape Breton’s decommissioned coal mines are once again being called into service to provide an innovative, green-energy heating source for a townhouse complex thanks to the investment of innovative local entrepreneurs and a loan from the Government of Canada through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC).
“Our Government’s top priorities are economic growth and job creation,” said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of Defence and Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “Strong economies begin with strong communities. Our Government is committed to investing in projects that build on community strengths to benefit the local economy and we are pleased to partner with business people in their efforts to build a green economy.”
The Government of Canada, through ECBC, is providing a repayable loan of $445,000 to New Aberdeen Garden Townhouses Inc., the project developer. Total project costs are in excess of $1.4 million.
The 16-unit New Aberdeen Garden Townhouse project is nearing completion on a 3.5 acre site in the former coal mining community of New Aberdeen in Glace Bay. Designed with the objective to keep energy consumption and costs at a minimum, the 850 sq. ft. units have in-floor heating supplied by a geothermal system that makes use of the heat from mine-water found in the former Dominion No. 2 and 9 coal mines. By using geothermal energy as a heat source and wind and solar energy to drive the heat pumps, the project will avoid the use of fossil fuels.
The townhouses are also completely self-sufficient in electricity with power being generated by wind turbines and solar panels. Under normal working conditions, no greenhouse gas emissions will be generated, however a backup generator is in place to support the mechanical systems if necessary.
The exterior design is inspired by traditional Cape Breton “company houses” that are a common site in local coal mining communities. They were built by the companies that developed the Cape Breton coal fields over 100 years ago and rented to miners and their families.
“This development is a celebration for our local community,” said Luciano Lisi, who along with his partner Christine Kavanagh, have spearheaded this development. “The New Aberdeen Garden Townhouses will use green-energy sources that nature has provided in a way that will contribute to the social and economic development of the community.”
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
Luciano Lisi and Christine Kavanagh
New Aberdeen Garden Townhouses Inc.
902 849 8520
902 564 3617