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HUDSON’S HOPE – The District of Hudson’s Hope is going to be installing close to 1,500 solar panels on various buildings throughout the district and they will be saving a large sum of money by doing so.

“We calculate that the District’s electricity costs will be reduced by about $70,000 pear year,” said District CAO Tom Matus. “If we allow for future increases, we’ll save close to $3 million over the next 30 years.”

The work will be done through the remainder of this summer and see 500 kilowatts of grid-tied solar installed on the roof’s of five municipal buildings:

  • The curling rink
  • Arena
  • District office
  • Public works shop
  • Tourist information centre

Hudson’s Hope received a grant of $1.35 million from the Strategic Priorities Fund/Federal Gas Tax Fund through the BC Union of Municipalities.

“When completed, this will be the municipal solar array in B.C.,” says Mayor Gwen Johansen. “We are proud to be a leader in electricity self-generation, and appreciate the BC Hydro net-metering initiative that helps us achieve it.”

Students from Hudson’s Hope High School have been hired to help provide the solar panels. Other education and training opportunities will be available in the community during construction of the project.

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