Epoch Energy Development presented a pre-feasibility report project update to council on Feb. 7 about the proposed Hinton geothermal district energy system.
While geothermal heating and district energy systems are nothing new, the combination would be a first in Canada.
Based on the preliminary research, Hinton has over 100 wells within it’s vicinity to select from. Ideal wells will have water in them over 120°C, and due to the town’s location it is a great place to look.
TM Gunderson, director and CFO of Epoch, explained that because the town is so close to the foothills, the water is very deep and also very hot.
The complete feasibility report is scheduled to be completed for the end of March and will include cost estimates to build the facilities required and retrofit existing buildings.