B.C. Invests $5 Million in SolarBC Program

Resources Minister, Richard Neufeld has announced that the province is investing $5 million in the SolarBC program.  This program will encourage the installation of solar hot water heaters in homes, municipal buildings, schools, social housing and First Nation communities, Energy, Mines and Petroleum. 

Neufeld says the SolarBC program supports the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and builds on the BC Energy Plan commitment for electricity self-sufficiency. He also says this is a great example of how B.C. is a leader in the alternative energy sector, and how solar can play a significant role in our future energy supply. 

The funding is expected to support six SolarBC projects which are:  Residential Retrofit, Local Government Solar Thermal, First Nations Solar, Social Housing Solar, Solar for Schools and Solar Communities.  

Five communities in BC will get the chance to become solar-friendly and be part of a sustainable energy future.  Minister of Community Development and MLA for Peace River South, Blair Lekstrom says that communities through-out the province will benefit from a clean, renewable and climate-friendly source of energy. 

Dawson Creek is just one of the communities that is a leader in its use of solar technology and its target is to be a sustainable city focusing on reducing the city’s environmental impact.  Mayor, Calvin Kruk received the Solar Leader of the Year award from the Canadian Solar Industry Association in November 2007. 

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 to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.  Solar BC will also support the BC Energy Plan Conservation target to acquire 50 per cent of BC Hydro’s resource needs through conservation by 2020. 

Source:  www.supplypost.com

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