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Whistler is a Solar Community

Does your intuition tell you that Whistler’s snowy climate precludes solar energy options? Think again!

Whistler was recently designated as British Columbia’s seventh official Solar Community. SolarBC, the organization responsible for this designation, made the announcement at their 2009 Solar Summit.

Mayor Ken Melamed received a handsome plaque along with a commitment to $10,000 in funding that will be allocated to demonstrating the feasibility of solar technology in Whistler through local pilot projects, communicating its benefits for building economy and energy efficiency, and training inspectors and installers in order to accelerate the uptake of solar thermal systems.

Key initiatives already underway include our Village Solar Protection Guidelines, the Whistler Green Checklist and RMOW Green Building Policy, and a proposed solar thermal installation for the Meadow Park Sports Centre. To learn more about Whistler’s Solar Community projects, click here.

hrefSolar BC is a program of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, working collaboratively with government, non-profit organizations and industry stakeholders to make solar hot water systems commonplace in British Columbia.

Whistler is one of seven Solar Communities selected to lead the way for solar installations in BC. The six other communities are: Saanich, Kelowna, Tofino, West Vancouver, Dawson Creek and West Moberley First Nation.