ERTH Award Recipients Officially Announced

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We are delighted to present this year’s ERTH Awards to three deserving groups who have proven their dedication to energy conservation and sustainability. Gaffney Electrical Solutions Ltd., Township of Norwich, and Elgin Innovation Centre will be honoured at a ceremony in June.

Gaffney Electrical Solutions Ltd. (Mitchell, ON) – ERTH Award Winner: Small Business Category

opens in a new windowGaffney Electrical Solutions Ltd. is a Canadian-owned electrical contracting company. They are a registered Licensed Electrical Contractor through the Electrical Contractors Registration Agency of the opens in a new windowElectrical Safety Authority. With a workforce of 24 employees, they understand the importance of responding to customer enquiries quickly and efficiently, while being fully accountable to their clients.

As an authorized, licensed electrical contractor for the opens in a new windowsaveONenergy program through the opens in a new windowIndependent Electrical System Operator (IESO), Gaffney has completed 310 Small Business Lighting applications since 2011 (29 in 2015 alone) and 11 Retrofit applications from 2011-2015. This has greatly helped their customers and our community reach conservation and demand management targets.

Township of Norwich (Norwich, ON) – ERTH Award Winner: Municipalities, Universities, Schools & Hospitals Category

The opens in a new windowTownship of Norwich is a municipality in southwestern Ontario and one of ERTH’s eight municipal shareholders. In 2015, Norwich invested in the municipally-owned Nor-Del Arena to increase energy-efficiency while reducing costs. The energy savings each year are expected to be over 100,000 kWh.

The Township made the arena more energy-efficient through the upgrade of its controller to the Cimco Seasonal Plus Controller. Similar to a programmable thermostat in a home, the system is programmed to maintain the ice at pre-set temperatures based on a number of factors, including the temperature outside. This is just one of a series of activities the arena plans to undertake to improve efficiency and follows Norwich’s other sustainable activities including an upgrade of the arena’s lighting to LED lights and converting streetlights to LED.

Elgin Innovation Centre (Aylmer, ON) – ERTH Award Winner: Industrial Category

The opens in a new windowElgin Innovation Centre‘s vision is to help revitalize the community of Elgin County, fostering job creation through the transformation of an abandoned tobacco plant into a thriving and supportive business centre for entrepreneurs and innovative enterprises.

In 2015, the Elgin Innovation Centre completed five retrofit projects resulting in a reduction of over 150,000 kWh. This follows the four other retrofit projects they completed between 2011-2014 amounting to a reduction of nearly 370,000 kWh.