Danny Ardellini, (left) founder and CEO of E360S, Sarah Smith, director for renewable natural gas at FortisBC, and Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick officially open Kelowna’s first natural gas station. (Dan Taylor - Capital News)

Danny Ardellini, (left) founder and CEO of E360S, Sarah Smith, director for renewable natural gas at FortisBC, and Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick officially open Kelowna’s first natural gas station. (Dan Taylor - Capital News)

First natural gas station for vehicles to open in Kelowna

The gas station will be open 24/7 to the public

FortisBC and Environmental 360 Solutions (E360S) have come together to open the first 24/7 natual gas station for vehicles in Kelowna as part of its ongoing commitment to provide cleaner energy solutions for its customers.

Special guest, Paul Coffey, a E360S investor and Hall of Fame NHLer, hosted the grand opening of the facility at the CNG station, located near the intersection of Baron Road and Underhill Street, on Monday.

Coffey, one of the highest scoring defencemen in NHL history and a four-time Stanley Cup champion, expressed how thrilled E360S was to partner with FortisBC and to be expanding from Alberta to British Columbia in an effort to cut greenhouse gass emissions for its customers.

The natural gas facility located in Kelowna will not only be open 24/7 for the E360S crew to pick up garbage and recyclables, but it will also be open for the rest of the community to use.

“It really is something that the city of Kelowna has aspired to for many years,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.

“We are trying to make sure that we are as environmentally progressive as we can be right here in the city of Kelowna.”

Starting tomorrow the community will see bright yellow E360s trucks picking up trash, green bins, and recyclables in the central Okanagan district. The compressed gas station houses 24 trucks and will look to add four more for a total of 28 stalls.

Danny Ardellini, founder and CEO of E360S, thanked the Regional District of the Central Okanagan for placing their trust in E360S and awarding them a seven-year contract.

“Only being 10 months old, it was a huge honor that the Regional District awarded us the contract,” said Ardellini.

Sarah Smith, director for renewable natural gas at FortisBC, said the new compressed gas station was put together in record time by Fortis, as construction began only a few months ago in July.

FortisBC is the Central Okanagan’s local energy solutions provider, serving over 1.2 million customers in British Columbia. The company’s mission is to improve the environment by providing alternative energy sources. The implementation of Kelowna’s compressed gas station is in support of that goal.

“We’re going to be a part of British Columbia’s low-carbon future,” said Smith. “This is one aspect and a very important one of the services we’re providing as we move down that road. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our customer base by 30 per cent by 2030.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crown prosecutors have stayed attempted murder charges against Kelowna’s Jesse Pez. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Man accused in Kelowna Halloween stabbing has attempted murder charge stayed

The Crown only proceeds with charges when evidence provides ‘a substantial likelihood of conviction’

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Interior Health reports 2 more deaths, 83 new COVID-19 cases

Health authority also identifies new virus cluster in Fernie

A rendering of the proposed “Aqua” resort in Kelowna’s Lower Mission area. (Contributed)
Towering waterfront resort planned in Kelowna

Mission Group’s ‘Aqua’ resort has been in the works for more than a decade

A pair of Okanagan Regional Library reference librarians have created a podcast called Hard Cover that takes a zany but informative look at books, libraries and librarians. (File photo)
Okanagan reference librarians produce quirky podcast

Davin Helkenberg and Peter Critchley are behind Hard Cover

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra music director Rosemary Thomson in action at the podium. Photo by Lynda Miller.
Kelowna filmmaker gets funding to create new ‘Local Heroes’ documentary

The documentary will be focused on the director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Opera

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

RCMP released this photo on Jan. 27, 2021 of Terrance Jones, 40, a Caucasian man with a closely shaved head, brown eyes, dirty blonde or brown hair, and a thin mustache and beard. The inside of his right arm is covered in tattoos, including one of a face. (Kamloops RCMP photo)
RCMP want public’s help to locate Shuswap man wanted on charge of attempted murder

Sicamous man was arrested previously on Jan. 11 for allegedly breaching conditions of release

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Former Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane is seen here in Game 7 of the second round of the 2009 WHL playoffs against the Spokane Chiefs (Sam Chan under Wikipedia Commons licence)
Gambling debts revealed in details of bankruptcy filing by hockey star Evander Kane

Sharks left winger and former Vancouver Giants player owes close to $30 million total

Othman “Adam” Hamdan, pictured in front of Christina Lake’s Welcome Centre, was acquitted of terrorism related charges in 2017. He has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorism charges awaits deportation trial while living in Kootenays

Othman Ayed Hamdan said he wants to lead a normal life while he works on his upcoming book

B.C. Premier John Horgan wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 prior to being sworn in by The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia during a virtual swearing in ceremony in Victoria, Thursday, November 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Premier Horgan calls jumping COVID vaccine queue ‘un-Canadian’

Horgan says most people in B.C. are doing their best to follow current public health guidelines

Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
COVID-19: Two more deaths at Vernon’s Noric House

Total deaths climb to 17 at local long-term care outbreaks

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read