Recognizing Sustainable Canadian Communities for theirachievements in the use of RENEWABLE ENERGY
WHAT IS THE CANADIAN SOLARCITIES PROJECT? A Canadian registered non-profit corporation. Dedicated to recognizing and promoting the most sustainable Canadian communities that utilize renewable energy. A focus on solar technologies and achievements.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS From Left to Right Walter, Cheryl, Emanuel, Bob, Melanie
HOW DO COMMUNITIES QUALIFY? Canadian communities who meet our 10-point set of criteria qualify for designation. Community representatives complete an on- line application form and send it in for assessment of the criteria. Assistance can be provided to complete the form or to create an action plan to meet the criteria.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA? 1. The municipality has a climate change plan with short-term and long-term targets and time- frames in place 2. The municipality has a community energy plan in place. 3. The municipality has an energy plan in place for its own facilities. 4. The municipality has adopted targets for a proportion of total community energy demand to be met by renewable energy. 5. The municipality has established policies and incentives for solar electricity and solar thermal utilization for residential homeowners.
WHY SOLAR CITIES? The Solar Cities program is recognized all over the world with governments or non- profit groups setting the criteria. Local governments have the best opportunity to lead change and set climate change mitigation policies through internal policies. The Solar City project provides a local focus for citizen involvement in renewable energy projects.
WHY SOLAR? The Sun is the most abundant energy source on the planet. Solar technologies are becoming much more affordable. Solar energy is clean energy. There is an abundant supply of Solar Energy in North East BC.
THE CITY OF DAWSON CREEK “CANADA’S FIRSTSOLAR CITY” June 23rd, 2012