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Media Release: Colwood Homeowners Eager to Access Incentives to Go Solar, Go Green!

June 7, 2011

City of Colwood council members and first Solar Colwood Grant Recipients
Media Release: Colwood Homeowners Eager to Access Incentives to Go Solar, Go Green!
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First twenty Solar Colwood homeowners will access highest grants for solar hot water and ductless split heat pumps
Paula Steele, Solar Colwood Outreach Coordinator

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2011 (Colwood, BC)– Even before the official Solar Colwood program launch, the Solar Colwood grants are going fast. Homeowners are already on waitlists to receive up to $3000 for solar hot water heating installations and up to $2000 for ductless split heat pumps. This Saturday (June 11, 1 – 4 pm) will see the launch take place at Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road. Everyone is invited to come and enter the draw for raffle prizes, be part of the program launch at 2 pm, and learn about the available incentives and clean energy solutions from the experts who will be on hand to provide more details on how to access the Solar Colwood grants.  


“With rising energy costs and the high grants that are available now, installing clean, renewable energy systems like solar hot water heaters and ductless split heat pumps just makes sense,” says Colwood Mayor David Saunders. “Better than a GIC, it is an investment in your home with a high rate of return—long-term energy savings. It’s also good for local businesses.”


In a time of rising fuel costs, free, renewable energy from the sun appeals to more home and business owners. Solar hot water systems reduce water heating costs by up to 50%, last up to 30 years and require very little maintenance. Similarly, ductless split heat pumps reduce a home’s electric baseboard heat load by up to 50% by transferring outdoor heat into the home, even on cold days. 


“We signed up on the Solar Colwood listserve right away to find out more about the solar discounts,” says Colwood homeowner, April Luchinski. “It takes a lot of hot water to keep ourselves, our clothes and the rest of the home clean, so we are ready for energy saving upgrades.”


Besides the Solar Colwood incentives, homeowners can also receive LiveSmart BC grants of up to $5000 for energy efficient upgrades to their home, as recommended by a Certified Energy Advisor during a home energy assessment.


“Now is a great time to invest in long-term energy savings for your family,” says Coun. Judith Cullington. “These grant programs help individuals and support our local contractors. It is a win-win-win program for the community, local economy and the environment.”


Homeowners and businesses looking for more information or ready to sign up for grants should visit, or contact the Program Coordinator, J. Scott at 250 884 0784.


Media: Paula Steele, Solar Colwood Outreach Coordinator,, 250 888 5146

Judith Cullington, Colwood Councillor,, 250-360-7653 

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