Client: Oxford County
Location: Woodstock, Ontario
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) embarked on a partnership with Oxford County (County) to explore and evaluate the potential for deployment of renewable energy technologies in 41 facilities of various functions. The objective was to identify renewable energy projects that will align with the County’s goal of 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2050.
JLR’s talented multidisciplinary teams undertook high level screening studies that explored the prospective suitability of 14 different renewable energy technologies for each site, including: solar, geothermal, heat pumps, wind, biogas, biomass, waste heat recovery, and small hydro. The screening studies also assessed the existing monthly natural gas and hourly electricity loads to determine the energy and greenhouse gas savings that could be achieved.
JLR’s team of experts seek to identify and develop opportunities to reduce energy and carbon usage that are truly unique to each client.
In the second phase of the County’s long-term renewable energy plan, JLR explored 10 projects through preliminary engineering studies to determine in greater detail the renewable energy options to be used. These projects were prioritized based on the results and recommendations of the custom automated project ranking tool created to sort, organize, and rank 100 renewable energy projects by weighted criteria. A report was developed for each technology option based on: site visits, utilities and capital costs, necessary retrofits to the facilities to accommodate the new technology, and more.