Solar Hot Water Grants Now Available Region Wide

Apr 01, 2014

Victoria, BC –  If you have been considering upgrading to a solar hot water system for your home or business, your timing could not be better. Financial incentives for solar hot water systems are now available on a first-come-first-served basis throughout the Capital Region.

“The CRD Solar incentive program is great news for anyone wanting to shrink their water heating bills and control their future energy costs,” says Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD Environmental Services Committee.

The incentives are funded by the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund, and have been available to Colwood residents through the Solar Colwood program since 2011. Now, thanks to a partnership between the City of Colwood and the Capital Regional District, more than 100 grants are available across the Capital Region to help homes and businesses go solar.

“Solar Colwood has been one of the most successful solar programs in Canada, second only to the nearby T’Sou-ke First Nation for the number of solar systems per capita,” says Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton. “We’re excited to partner with the CRD to extend the grants to residents throughout the Capital Region and allow more homes and businesses to benefit from free, renewable energy.”

The solar program incentives cover up to a third of the cost of a solar hot water system. After incentives, eligible solar systems cost $5,500 on average, or $56 per month, with financing.  Lower priced seasonal systems are also available.

“Solar can offer a great return on investment – making sense financially as well as being a great way to lower your greenhouse gas emissions,” says Glenys Verhulst, Solar Colwood representative.

“Many people don’t realize that although we have cloudy winters, our region has more sunlight hours than many places successfully using solar,” explains Nils Jensen.

To be suitable for solar, a home or business needs to be in a location with little to no shade on the roof. There also has to be between two and five square metres of space available on the roof for the solar panels and space inside for a second hot water tank for solar pre-heated water.

Solar hot water system incentives are accessed by first contacting a Registered Installer. Visit www.crd.bc.ca/solar to learn more and find a Registered Installer.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Danielle Desharnais, Manager, Communication Services
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3165

Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
City of Colwood
Tel: 250.478.5999