Province provides funding for solar project

B.C. Rural Dividend Program provides $100,000 grant for solar initiative

The municipality of Summerland has received $100,000 in grant funding from the province for its integrated solar project.

The money comes through the B.C. Rural Dividend Fund, which supports projects for rural communities with populations of 25,000 or less.

Summerland applied for the funding under the Business Sector Development Category.

The purpose of the solar project is to strengthen the municipality’s electrical utility.

The funding announcement came late on Monday.

“Originally, Summerland was not on the list,” said Mayor Peter Waterman.

He said the project is an opportunity for the community to diversify its electrical utility.

“This support will allow the district to undertake technical feasibility studies for a large scale solar array,” Waterman said.

The studies will include site assessments, engineering reports and business plan modelling, as well as technical training and infrastructure upgrades for the electrical utility.

Linda Tynan, chief administrative officer for the municipality, said the funding will be used for the necessary studies and for upgrades to the electrical infrastructure, in order to accommodate solar electricity generation.

She expects to see the municipality generate its own solar power to supplement the electricity purchased by the community.

“One way or another, we’re expecting to do it in the relatively short term,” she said.

Summerland has already been examining solar energy as a power source.

In February, the municipality held a solar conversation event to discuss routes the community can take to implement a large solar array into the electrical utility.

Summerland is one of five B.C. communities which owns its electrical utility.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Big projects ahead for Salmon Arm in 2020

Mayor Alan Harrison delivers annual state of the city address

AIM Roads responds to abuse of staff, public frustrations in Okanagan-Shuswap

Residents asked to be patient and respectful of workers

Lead in drinking water not meeting federal standards at North Okanagan-Shuswap schools

School District #83 looks to install water bottle refill stations, additional filtration

Motorists face significant fines for handheld device use

Roughly one-quarter of vehicle collisions in British Columbia are attributed to distracted driving

Stuck semi, ditched vehicle slowing Highway 1 traffic in Canoe

Second vehicle in ditch at bottom of hill, police on scene

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Penticton RCMP take down local drug trafficking operation

Weapons, suspected drugs, seized by RCMP

RCMP release photos of man wanted in Princeton armed robbery

RCMP have released photos and a description of the man suspected of… Continue reading

Cougar not likely behind swine assault in Okanagan: BC Conservation

Coyotes, bobcat thought to be more likely culprit

Natural gas use skyrockets as temperatures plunge in Okanagan

Southern Interior use up 75 per cent Tuesday over average January

North Okanagan blaze sends woman to hospital

Firefighters rescue cat from early morning fire near Vernon

UPDATE: One deceased after serious collision on Hwy 97 near Summerland

Southbound vehicle lost control, entered northbound lanes, hit by a transport truck.

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

Most Read