Victoria's Dockside Green development selects Nexterra's clean energy gasification technology to achieve greenhouse gas neutral status



    VICTORIA, March 30 /CNW/ - Things are heating up at Dockside Green, but
not at the climate's expense.
    The Victoria harbourside development, which is setting the standard for
green residential developments in North America and around the world,
announced today that it will heat its buildings using biomass gasification, a
process that generates low-cost heat and power using biofuels. Canada's New
Government has contributed a total of $2.29 million to development of this
innovative Canadian technology.
    "Dockside Green is a great example of how energy technology investments
can provide practical solutions to use less and live better," said the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "Choosing renewable
energy sources in our buildings will lead to real reductions of air pollutants
and greenhouse gas emissions."
    The system is manufactured by Nexterra Energy Corp., (www.nexterra.ca) a
Vancouver firm that develops and delivers advanced clean energy gasification
systems.
    "By adopting Nexterra's technology, Dockside Green is taking concrete
action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,"
said Windmill Development's Joe Van Belleghem, co-developer of the project
along with Vancity Capital. "Reducing emissions from buildings to the point
where we are carbon-neutral was one of many things that Dockside Green needed
to do to be a world-class sustainable community. We looked around the world
for the right technology and found Nexterra in our own backyard.
    "Nexterra's gasification system is perfect for an urban environment. It
is a proven, simple, ultra-clean technology that sets a new standard for
converting biomass into useful heat energy," said Van Belleghem. "Wood waste
is converted into a clean-burning synthetic gas that can be used much like
natural gas. The entire system is housed in a small, aesthetically pleasing
building that fits in with the local surroundings," he said.
    "Unprecedented challenges such as global warming are often the catalysts
that inspire profound changes," said Nexterra CEO Jonathan Rhone. "We're
thrilled that we have had the opportunity to work with Dockside. Each of the
partners on this unique project is committed to making those changes, adopting
breakthroughs in technology, seizing opportunities that never existed before,
and developing a whole new way of doing business."
    "This is yet another example of how our project partners Vancity,
Nexterra, Corix, Terasen Energy Services and BC Hydro - with support from the
federal and provincial governments and the City of Victoria - are
demonstrating that we have the knowledge, experience and technology here in BC
to help meet climate change and other environmental challenges," said Van
Belleghem.
    "Dockside Green's sustainability goals fit in well with our new Energy
Plan's vision to encourage made-in-BC solutions for meeting our growing energy
needs," said Richard Neufeld, British Columbia Minister of Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources. "The Plan and this development builds on a proud BC
tradition of innovation and strengthens our leadership in sustainable
environmental management."
    The largest development of land in Victoria's history, once complete
Dockside Green will be a community for approximately 2,500 people
incorporating the very highest in green standards. It is a multimillion dollar
project that includes residential, live/work, hotel, retail, office, light
industrial uses and numerous public amenities to be built over the next
decade.
    "The federal and provincial governments and BC Hydro were very supportive
of the project from the beginning, and their involvement helped us develop an
energy system that can be used not only in BC, but across North America," said
Van Belleghem. "The federal government supported research and approval costs
and the installation in the early years prior to full build-out of the
development. The net result is the creation of a model that will mean certain
local and export opportunities for biomass heat generation utilizing a BC
company.
    "This is an example of how the private sector and government can work
together to create renewable energy systems that benefit everyone. With
efficiencies like this helping to curb load growth, BC Hydro's conservation
target becomes one step closer," said Van Belleghem. "We are grateful to BC
Hydro which has worked with Dockside from the beginning. They helped us move
away from an electric-baseboard heating approach to a more sustainable
solution."





For further information:

For further information: Raymond McAllister, Nexterra Energy Corp., Tel:
(604) 637-2507, Email: rmcallister@nexterra.ca, www.nexterra.ca; Deirdre
Campbell, Tartan Public Relations for Dockside Green, Tel: (250) 882-9199,
Email: deirdre@tartanpr.com, www.docksidegreen.com

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