CVRD News

Posted on: March 1, 2017

Bings Creek Recycling Centre Solar PV Demonstration Project

Bings Creek Recycling Centre Solar PV Demonstration Project

 

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has completed the installation of its first solar photovoltaic (PV) system which converts energy from the sun into useful electricity. This demonstration system is located at the Bings Creek Recycling Centre and is intended to demonstrate this renewable energy technology.

“This project demonstrates the CVRD’s commitment to our Strategic Energy Management Plan and shows leadership on adapting to the risks associated with climate change,” explains Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “We hope this system will increase staff and the public’s knowledge about the benefits of this renewable energy technology.”

Adoption of solar PV systems is happening rapidly around the globe as the technology continues to improve and the costs continue to drop. When considering the rising BC Hydro rates, the financial benefits of installing a system improve significantly. In some parts of the country, solar generated electricity has already reached grid-parity, meaning the price per kWh of solar electricity is the same or cheaper than electricity provided by utility companies.

The grid-tied system is composed of 88 panels totalling 23kW and is expected to generate 28,000 kWh of electricity per year and reduce annual electricity costs by $3,100. The system cost approximately $72,000 (or $3.09/watt) and is participating in BC Hydro’s net-metering program. The CVRD gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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