This year we are supporting the following three solar power projects:
Help The Tsleil Waututh Nation Build a Large Solar Power Demonstration Project!
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is building a new administrative building and health centre in North Vancouver which will be completed in early 2018. The project will include a grid-tied solar project that will reduce the energy demands of the buildings and put power onto the grid. It will be the second biggest solar installation in the Vancouver Lower Mainland Area once installed.
This project will serve as a powerful symbol of the decision between more fossil fuels or more renewable energy. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation leads a fight against a proposed pipeline project that would bring oil tankers to Burrard Inlet directly across from where the Tsleil-Waututh Nation solar project will demonstrate the potential of better alternatives.
The plans include an approximately 47,000 kwh a year solar installation. More than $10,000 worth of solar panels have already been donated by the environmental groups and an additional $10,000 was raised by Great Climate Race participants that is being dedicated to this project.
Help Empower OrcaLab to Run on Clean Energy!
OrcaLab is an a world renowned, whale research centre situated on a remote island near Alert Bay, off the BC coast of British Columbia, near Alert Bay,. The centre’s researching with dolphins and whales has been a ongoing for more than four decades. In 2013, they installed a solar system to reduce their dependence on their gas generators. Today, they are taking the project further to the next level in order to meet almost all of their energy needs using renewable energy only.
Since 2013, the their solar system installed installation has already reduced carbon emissions from the gas generator by between 1.5 to 2 tonnes each and every year. This translates to a fuel cost savings of up to $2,000 annually which can then be used for vital research rather than paying for a particularly heavily concentrated GHG fuel source.OrcaLab is funded by individuals and organizations who value their effort and is are looking forward to a future without oil.
Upgrades at the OrcaLab involve doubling of the battery capacity, near doubling of the PV capacity and the an addition of a wind turbine, for a total projected cost at $23,000.
We are now only $3,000 away from our goal after funds raised from last years event and thanks to generous support from Bullfrog Power.
Help Put Solar Power on Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver’s Central Library is undertaking a significant expansion that will include a new 8,000-square-foot public garden on the rooftop level. In partnership with Solar Now and the City of Vancouver, a 15- to 20-kilowatt solar array will be integrated into the design of the library’s garden area. The goal for completion of this project is the spring of 2018.