Energy Development Initiative

Community Scale Geothermal
and District Geothermal Energy

  • Community Scale Geothermal, including district geothermal systems, can provide significant energy savings.
  • Manitoba has established industry leadership in the implementation of district, community scale and large scale geothermal heat pump systems to distribute renewable thermal heat including to multiple buildings in a community or district system. District Geothermal Energy is provided through a linked geothermal system(s) that serves several buildings.
  • The economic attractiveness of district energy systems often relates closely to the energy density of the thermal customers being served.  As a result, district energy systems tend to be located in areas where there are a cluster of buildings such as towns and cities where these systems may serve a combination of buildings including commercial, community and residential customers.
  • Did you know?
    Manitoba has a multitude of large and community scale geothermal systems?  See below:

Manitoba Examples

Community served by district geothermal - Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba:
  • A District Geothermal System interconnects three community buildings for heating and cooling including an arena, fire hall and a 30,000 sq ft community centre through a single geothermal energy field.
  • Awarded 2012 Energy Winner for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Award
  • Achieved national finalist in the 2012 QUEST Community Energy Builder Competition
  • An ultra efficient renewable energy system was achieved: The district geothermal system is expected to operate at approximately 500% efficiency.  The community centre is anticipated to use 60% less energy, and energy costs for the arena are expected to be reduced by 40%.
  • The initiative is demonstrated outstanding championship of renewable energy particularly for a rural municipality of just over 5,000 residents.  See a video and pictures of the geothermal project at:


Residential Housing Development – WinnipegBridgwater Forest Neighbourhood - Geothermal lots & Condominiums
Residential Multi-Unit District Geothermal System:

Residential Subdivision served by a community geothermal energy system:
 The Yards in Winnipeg, Manitoba is being developed to offer geothermal heating and cooling:  See:
Stanley Business Centre in the Winkler/Morden area:
  • Seasons of Tuxedo, a 275,000-square-foot mixed retail development south of Sterling Lyon Parkway in Winnipeg, will be served by a district geothermal energy system that will provide clean, renewable, efficient heating and cooling to 50 to 60 retail outlets, financial institutions and restaurants

Additional Information

Integrating Green Heat provides building owners with:
a) Renewable heating and cooling; and

b) A means to hedge against the risk of volatile fossil fuel prices.