Tofino locals are welcome to attend a community beach day on May 29 from 10am-4pm, as part of the BC Solar Days festivities taking place across the province. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Cox Bay Solar hot water showers, followed by a BBQ and a junior surf competition.
New solar hot water (SHW) showers were installed in the outdoor shower facility at Cox Bay, in November 2009.
"It’s a great way to showcase solar hot water in the municipality to tourists and locals," said Braden Smith, Director of Development with the District. "And surfers can rinse off their wetsuits after a cold surf."
The second shower at the washroom/change-room and outdoor shower facility will supply hot water from the 2 collector Enerworks system and will cost $.50 for 45 seconds. The existing cold showers will remain free while the funds from the new SHW showers will go towards the ongoing maintenance of the facility. The new showers will be a highly visible, intensively used site with signs showing how SHW works.
"There were quite a few people watching us install it," said Scott Fleenor, of Terratek Energy Solutions, who installed the system. "In their words, they were stoked."
The install is one of many solar projects on the go, for the District. As an official Solar Community, Tofino endeavours to lead the way by demonstrating how small local governments can achieve big results and their high profile will help when spread the word about solar hot water to other small communities in B.C. To read more about Tofino as a Solar Community, click here.
There are currently 31 tours on the Solar Days Open House Tour, running from May 28 - 29, during the BC Solar Days. To find out more about events happening in your community visit SolarBC's Solar Days webpage.