communities are demonstrating how solar technology can be a viable part of a
community’s energy solution,” said Premier Campbell. “British Columbians embrace innovative and sustainable
energy solutions, and with programs like SolarBC, the Province is demonstrating
its commitment to becoming energy self-sufficient while tackling climate
communities selected are: the district of Saanich, the city of
“These communities are the first to be funded by
our $5-million investment in the SolarBC program,” said Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld. “These communities will have the opportunity to become solar-friendly and
be leaders in a sustainable energy future as recognized ‘Solar Communities’.”
July 17, 2008, the Province announced a $5-million investment in the SolarBC
program to support six solar hot water projects, including installations on residences,
local government buildings, First Nations homes, social housing, schools and a
Solar Communities project.
will be flagship solar communities who will provide leadership by their
innovative deployment of solar technologies and will become role models for
communities across B.C.,” said Nitya Harris, executive director of SolarBC.
Solar hot water systems
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one tonne per year for a single family
home using natural gas for water heating. The increased use of solar energy
technology is part of a broader sustainable energy strategy that will help the
Province reach its goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by
supports the BC Energy Plan conservation target to acquire 50 per cent of BC
Hydro’s resource needs through conservation by 2020. For more information on
SolarBC, please visit www.solarbc.ca.
Office of the Premier
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