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Shining a Light on Community Solar

Chapter Event
Nov 14 2018 - 7:00pm

Are you intrigued by the concept of shared ownership in a solar energy system?

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is excited to bring Rob Baxter to Kamloops to speak about community solar at our Annual General Meeting. Baxter is Founder and CEO of SolShare Energy, a community-owned solar energy project in British Columbia. Everyone who is interested in learning about community solar is encouraged to attend.

When: Wednesday November 14, 2018 starting at 7:00 pm

Where: Thompson Rivers University, International Building room 1015 (IB1015). See link to map and directions below.

Who: Everyone is welcome. Just show up!

Cost: By donation

Community solar means a solar power installation whose ownership and/or electricity is shared by members of a community. There are a variety of models operating in BC and around the world. The project may be owned by a municipality, a First Nation, a strata, a cooperative or individual investors. Owners may utilize the electricity directly or they may share in its profits.  

Baxter will be speaking about SolShare Energy (solshare.ca), a community-owned solar energy project that has been in operation since 2015. The company’s investors own two solar energy systems (so far) and receive dividends based on the energy produced. Baxter will also tell us about other community solar projects in BC, some in operation and some just getting started. 

In addition to his involvement with Solshare, Baxter is a co-founder of Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op where he provides consulting and project management services for renewable energy systems. He has been in the solar energy industry since 2004 and helped initiate and complete the first grid-tie photovoltaic install in the city of Vancouver. 

Community solar gives people an opportunity to invest in solar within their budgets and circumstances. You don’t have to be a homeowner to own a share of a solar energy system! 

We welcome individuals who are curious about investing in a solar installation, owners of buildings that could be a suitable host site for a large solar installation, and anyone who wants to see broader public access to clean solar energy.

Our business meeting will take about 20 minutes and will be followed by Baxter’s presentation. There will be plenty of time for questions.

The International Building is shown as IB on the campus map here and is just west of The Reach (under construction). It's across the Campus Commons (circular grassy area) from the Campus Activity Centre. Parking is free in the evenings and the closest parking lots are B and H. The campus is also accessible by transit and bicycle.    

See you there!