Squamish Solar City Award Presentation & Celebration

Organized by Squamish Alternative Energy Group

The District of Squamish and the Squamish Alternative Energy Group are pleased to announce that Squamish has become the fifth Canadian Solar City thanks to the Canadian Solar Cities Project (CSCP), a non-profit organization that recognizes communities across the country for leadership in sustainable solar practices. A delegation from the CSCP will present the Solar Cities Sun Dial award to the District of Squamish on June 25, 2016. All are invited.

There will also be a number of plug-in Electric Vehicles (EVs), Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSVs), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Non-Plug-In Hybrid vehicles available for viewing and test drives.

“Squamish is rising to the climate change challenge,” says District of Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman. “Solar cities are among the most sustainable places in the world, and by taking the initiative on solar energy practices, we are clearing a positive and powerful path for the future of Squamish.”

Communities are chosen for the Solar Cities designation based on a 10-point set of criteria that includes an energy efficiency strategy for municipal buildings, renewable energy targets and a commitment to developing both a climate change and community energy plan. Dawson Creek was the first official Canadian Solar City followed by The City of Colwood, The T’Sou-ke Nation and the City of North Vancouver.

“In a community that receives an average annual rainfall of over 2,000 millimeters, many mistakenly believe that solar energy doesn’t make sense here,” says Squamish Alternative Energy Group Founder Matt Blackman who launched the initiative in 2015 with the goal of building a sustainable Squamish through alternative energy. “Renewable energy depends on many factors including government incentives, community support and actual energy production. Solar happens to be the method that most Canadians are able to afford and utilize.”

Canadian Solar Cities Project executive director Bob Haugen will present the award to Mayor Heintzman at the Synrg Energy office located at 39279 Queens Way in Squamish on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. As well as electric and hybrid vehicles, the event will also showcase green energy technologies, and will be attended by a variety of industry professionals. A celebration at the Sea to Sky Gondola will follow. Event attendees can enjoy a 20 per cent discount off gondola tickets.

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