Thermal energy is being considered to heat Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority has invited expressions of interest for the supply and delivery of sustainable thermal energy to both hospitals from regulated utility providers.
Using technology to draw thermal energy from the ground or other environmental sources fits with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"Island Health is committed to improving the sustainability of its operations to be mindful of the environment and to be costefficient," said Deanna Fourt, director, energy efficiency and conservation.
Island Health seeks proposals at or near hospital sites, which would sell energy to the health authority and interested neighbours.
The goal is to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 33 per cent. Both hospitals currently use steam boilers installed in the 1960s, which account for 42 per cent of the health authority's total greenhouse gas emissions.
Thermal energy could cut overall emissions as much as 35 per cent.
Proponents can visit each site on Oct. 4. The submissions deadline is Nov 1. Details are at the B.C. Bid website www.bcbid.ca.
If viable proposals surface, Island Health could issue a formal request for proposals later this year.
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