Located beneath the streets of Philadelphia, invisible to the city above, is a network of district energy pipes delivering environmentally friendly cogenerated thermal energy, or green steam, to renowned universities, medical research institutions, hospitals, hotels, commercial offices, government buildings, and residential apartments and condominiums. As one of the largest district energy systems in the country, the Philadelphia network delivers 99.99% reliable, clean steam, hot water and chilled water throughout the city.
Green steam project investment in Philadelphia
Annual reduction of the region’s GHG emissions
Cars removed from the road per year (carbon reduction equivalent)
Investing in Philadelphia
Vicinity’s multimillion-dollar investments have improved the city’s critical energy infrastructure, enabling Philadelphia’s integrated district energy system to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 300,000 tons annually—the equivalent of removing almost 65,000 cars from the roads every year. Vicinity’s investments have also increased the resiliency of our robust and agile critical energy infrastructure, ensuring 99.99% reliable energy delivery. As a result, customers enjoy increased capacity, reliability and overall system efficiency and can feel good knowing that they’re supporting clean, renewable energy distribution.
Reliable service is essential in operating the Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theatre. Vicinity provides first class service to keep our National Historic Landmark building efficiently operating for today’s modern demands.
An Innovative Approach to a Cleaner Environment
Our interconnected facilities have built-in redundancy, back-up generation and multiple water and fuel sources to ensure you stay up and running. We are continuously implementing a cleaner energy mix and investing in the city's infrastructure to reduce carbon impacts—including integrating renewable energy. Our Clean Energy Future is a reflection of this commitment and incorporates the latest strategies and technologies available.
How District Energy Works
District energy is an innovative and resilient energy solution that uses a centrally located facility, or facilities, to generate thermal energy—heat, hot water or chilled water—which is then transported through highly insulated underground pipes directly to nearby buildings, avoiding the need for boilers, chillers and cooling towers in individual buildings. Watch the video to learn more about how district energy works.
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