Victoria, BC– With the New Year upon us, residents and businesses in the Capital Region can lead the way in solar hot water technology by taking advantage of the remaining solar hot water incentives through the Solar CRD program. Solar CRD rebates are available until the end of March 2015 on a first-come first-serve basis. Interested homeowners and businesses are encouraged to act fast to access the rebates, as solar installations can take up to two months to complete.
“The Solar CRD program encourages individuals and businesses to make choices that will benefit our environment and community for generations to come,” said CRD Board Chair Nils Jensen.
Early adopters like Victoria resident Brian Spencer are true leaders, proving that renewable energy is good for the environment and the pocket book.
Spencer installed a four-panel rooftop solar thermal water heating system for his Victoria home. He acquired the solar hot water heating system with the assistance of a 33% incentive provided by the Capital Regional District’s Solar CRD program, making him one of over 75 residents in the region to take advantage of the solar rebates so far.
Spencer’s solar hot water heating system preheats a central hot water tank to supply domestic hot water for his three-person household and frequent out-of-town guests. “The system is very efficient and working well. Even in winter, I am getting a boost”, says Spencer. “I looked at solar options before, but found it too costly, so when the rebates became available, I went for it.”
Recognizing the high hot water use and the potential savings, Spencer didn’t stop at his own home. He has now installed a second three-panel rooftop system at his son’s residence in Saanich. Spencer is happy with both systems, saying he finds the low maintenance systems “fool-proof”.
For homeowners, 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. Lower-priced seasonal systems are also available.
Businesses and non-profit commercial businesses interested in going solar can now access increased incentives for larger systems. The maximum incentives have recently increased from $4,750 to $24,750 for buildings that use more than 19GJ/year, or approximately 500 L’s or more of hot water per day.
“Our Government’s investments in clean energy innovation are helping create high-quality jobs for Canadians while protecting the environment,” said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. “Our contribution to the Solar CRD project is helping residents reduce energy costs and realize the benefits of clean technology.”
Solar CRD incentives are paid directly to Solar CRD Registered Installers on complete installations, eliminating a waiting period for solar savings. 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. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Colwood and the Capital Regional District, the incentives have been available on a first-come first-serve basis across the Capital Region since April 2014 to help homes and businesses reduce energy and save money.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/solar to learn more and find a Registered Installer.
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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications