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Solar Colwood Receives Award for Innovative Partnerships

City of Colwood wins a Climate & Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association

Solar Colwood, September 28, 2011

Solar Colwood Receives Award for Innovative Partnerships

For Immediate Release: 4:30 pm September 28, 2011 (Colwood, BC)

The City of Colwood, Royal Roads University and BC Hydro have won the 2011 Climate & Energy Action Award for Public Service Organization and Local Government Collaboration at UBCM for their innovative Solar Colwood partnerships.

Receiving the award from Environment Minister Terry Lake this afternoon, Mayor David Saunders noted that this was another successful example of Colwood’s green learning university city approach.

“Innovative partnerships and collaboration are a fundamental part of moving the City of Colwood towards energy conservation and renewable clean energy,” said Saunders. “Solar Colwood is creating local jobs and keeping energy costs low for homeowners.”

The City’s Solar Colwood program is a demonstration of a whole community moving towards energy conservation and renewable clean energy, with an aim to retrofit up to 1000 homes and businesses with solar hot water and other clean energy options over the next three years.

“Royal Roads University plays a critical role by providing credible research and monitoring the program outcomes,” explains Nancy Wilkin, Director of RRU’s Office of Sustainability. “This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to gain real-world experience on a leading-edge project, right in our own back yard.”

BC Hydro is also an enthusiastic supporter of Solar Colwood, and has engaged the City in two pilot projects. The first is providing financial incentives for homeowners to install ductless split heat pumps that provide home heating and cooling at very low cost. A second pilot project will soon give homeowners an opportunity to pay for home energy retrofits through their hydro bills.

“The many Solar Colwood partnerships—which include the T’Sou-ke Nation, WestShore Chamber of Commerce and the LiveSmart BC program—are critical to the program’s success,” says Councillor Judith Cullington, who has led the development of Solar Colwood. “Homeowners who have already installed solar hot water and ductless split heat pump systems seem very happy, and we are working hard to make this a win for the whole community.”

For more information on the Solar Colwood program and incentives, go to www.solarcolwood.ca

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Media Contact: Paula Steele, Solar Colwood Outreach Coordinator, 250 216 7527, info@solarcolwood.ca

               Mayor David Saunders, 250-213-9407 mayor@colwood.ca

               Councillor Judith Cullington 250-360-7653 judith@cullington.ca

               Doug Ozeroff, RRU  250 391 2526  doug.1ozeroff@royalroads.ca

               Travis Streb, BC Hydro, 778-866-2067 travis.streb@bchydro.com

Colwood Residents: Apply for grants and incentives through J. Scott, manager@solarcolwood.ca

More Solar Colwood Information: www.solarcolwood.ca

 

Solar Colwood is an initiative of the City of Colwood; program partners include Natural Resources Canada, Royal Roads University, T’Sou-ke Nation, LiveSmart BC, BC Hydro, FortisBC, WestShore Chamber of Commerce, Horizon Technologies, League Assets, SolarBC,  Vancity Savings and Credit Union, and Camosun College.  

The 2011 Climate & Energy Action Award is presented to the City of Colwood by the Community Energy Association, Union of BC Municipalities, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Ministry of Environment - Climate Action Secretariat. The Community Energy Association (CEA) supports local governments throughout British Columbia in accelerating the application of energy efficiency and renewable energy in all aspects of community design, infrastructure and community engagement for sustainability. 


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