What is District Energy?

District energy systems are a way of sharing energy efficiently across a community. They use a central energy plant to produce hot water, which is then distributed to heat exchangers located in each building. The heat exchangers, in turn, provide space heating and domestic hot water for residents. Once the water has been used, it returns to the central energy plant to be reheated and recirculated.

A district energy system can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may use a variety of alternative energy sources including biomass, GeoExchange, solar, and waste heat recovery.

District Energy Diagram(Click image to enlarge)

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