Although we haven’t been in touch for a while there has been much work going on behind the scenes:
On the Solar Hot Water front the good news is that there are now grants available for up to one third of the cost of equipment and installation for approved systems, potentially bringing the cost down to below $4000. If you are interested in the idea please try and get to the Eco home demonstration on August 11th. More information below.
We are expecting BC Hydro’s long awaited strategy report to be published this month. This is expected to give clearer information on how they plan the net metering scheme for photovoltaics (PV) and other renewable energy sources to work over the coming years. We are also investigating the economics of “PV for EV”, that is installing domestic level photovoltaics to provide power for home charging of electric vehicles. There is certainly interest in this from one housing scheme on the island which is considering coupling the idea to a car share plan.