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BC partners with SolarBC to back $2 million in new solar thermal projects

Through the Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement (PSECA), the BC Government has allocated $25 million for energy retrofit projects to eligible public sector organizations over the next year. Of this, $2 million has been earmarked specifically for solar projects, and the Province has chosen to partner with BCSEA’s SolarBC project to identify qualifying projects.

"We know this investment will immediately translate into a lower energy footprint for public sector buildings, less carbon pollution, and savings to taxpayers," said John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. "Equally important, these investments will create new jobs across the province and spur public sector organizations and B.C. businesses to find innovative ways to tackle climate change.

Applications to the fund will open as of June 8, 2010, and be rewarded on a first-come-first-served basis to the funding limit of $2 million. See details here.

"This is a great opportunity for schools, universities, colleges and hospitals to install solar thermal systems towards their goal of becoming carbon neutral this year," says Nitya Harris, Executive Director of SolarBC.

To learn more about SolarBC, go to www.solarbc.ca.