Creative Energy Developments, an owner and operator of district energy systems in North America, closed a $53 million credit facility, which includes the refinancing of $28 million of existing debt and a $22 million green loan facility and was led by HSBC Bank Canada and TD Bank. HSBC acted as the green loan coordinator for the financing.

The facilities are compliant with the green loan principles of the Global Loan Market Association, a set of market standards and guidelines that facilitate and support environmentally sustainable economic activity. The financing will support Creative Energy’s future low-carbon projects in Vancouver and Toronto, including an ocean-exchange district energy system at Horseshoe Bay Sanctuary and a new district cooling system for Main Alley in Vancouver, as well as a neighborhood energy system and microgrid that will provide heating, cooling and power to the 100% rental Mirvish Village project in Toronto, among others.

“District energy, at its core, is about meeting the needs of our rapidly growing communities while responding meaningfully to climate change,” Krishnan Iyer, CEO of Creative Energy, said. “Together with our partners, we help cities achieve their essential reliability and sustainability goals as we work towards a net zero future. That’s who we are and we are delighted to work with financing institutions that share our values of low-carbon development.”

As the owner and operator of a district energy network in North America, Creative Energy aims to bring low-carbon, reliable energy to cities through a range of technologies. The company’s downtown Vancouver system, which was established in 1968, currently serves more than 210 buildings, totaling 45 million square feet across 15 kilometers of distribution pipes. Creative Energy is currently developing 12 new energy systems in Ontario and British Columbia and actively exploring expansion into the United States.

“HSBC is proud to support Creative Energy in delivering new district energy projects across Canada. These projects will help support municipal commitments in achieving net-zero while ensuring reliable energy is provided to residents and businesses. It ties in closely with HSBC’s global commitment to finance sustainable growth through green financing products.” Angie Hall, head of sustainability finance in commercial banking at HSBC Bank Canada, said.