By putting solar energy systems in high-profile public spaces, Solar Now aims to spark a conversation about how British Columbians can benefit from switching from fossil fuels to solar-powered electricity.
Solar power could become the world’s top electricity source by the middle of this century, analysis from the International Energy Agency shows.
The picture in Canada is different: as the table below illustrates, we get exponentially more clean electricity from large-scale hydro and wind than we currently get from solar. Yet as the costs of generating solar power fall and as the technology becomes more common, more individuals and businesses across North America are switching from using fossil fuels for electricity to generating clean electricity from the sun.
By installing solar electricity systems on public buildings and in high-traffic areas, Solar Now aims to help British Columbians get a better sense of how the technology works–and how it could help meet the energy needs of British Columbia’s homes and businesses.
Solar Now launched in September 2016 with initial plans for three solar installations, with more coming soon.
Bowen Island Community School
A 30-panel, 7.95 kw solar installation has been completed on this elementary school in the West Vancouver School District, providing the school with clean, renewable electricity and offering students an opportunity to learn about solar power technology and reducing carbon pollution.
To learn more about the Bowen Island school installation, view the media release.
False Creek Paddling Centre
An approximately 15-kilowatt array of solar panels have been installed on six boat sheds alongside Vancouver’s False Creek, across from the Creekside Community Recreation Centre. This high-traffic pedestrian area across from Science World offers excellent visibility and will allow visitors the opportunity to get an up-close look at a typical residential-sized solar installation.
Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver’s Central Library is undertaking a significant expansion that will include a new 8,000-square-foot public garden on the rooftop level. A 15- to 20-kilowatt solar array will be integrated into the design of this garden area. The goal for completion of this project is the spring of 2018.
The following organizations have contributed financial and/or in-kind support to help make Solar Now possible:
Note: Individual installations may be supported by additional local partners.
To learn more about Solar Now or to get involved, please contact Project Director Bill Swan.
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