As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.
We live in Kaslo, a jewel of a community nestled on the shore of Kootenay Lake in the mountain forests north of Nelson, in the West Kootenays. We have a 900 square foot house, and our daughter left home in 1996.
Sweden started in 2014 with an electric passenger ferry. This year, Norway will trump that with an electric car ferry. Both will result in lower operating costs, no greenhouse gases, no air pollution and almost no noise.
Ships use diesel to generate electricity. When ships are in port, their diesel generators are a major source of air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise. Why not use clean renewable electricity from the BC Hydro grid instead? Good idea: it's called "shore power."
Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.
But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.