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Solar-panel society plugs in to CowEx

Eco-conscious Cowichanians wishing to go solar can get details at the Cowichan Exhibition about the Warm Land's new solar-panel society.

Cowichan Carbon Busters will launch their Solar PV Panel Non-Profit Society at the CowEx, member Peter Nix explains in Friday's press release.

"There will be solar PV (photo-voltaic) demonstration and sign-up sheet for citizens interested in discounted bulk-buy orders, no commitment required," he says of the Green Party booth at CowEx, Sept. 5 to 7.

The Green Party, though supportive, is not officially affiliated with this initiative, Nix notes.

"Our objective is to make solar panels available at a competitive cost, and thereby to spread their rapid installation at homes and commercial locations throughout Cowichan.

"By increasing the supply of renewable electricity into BC Hydro's grid, citizens can earn money by selling renewable solar electricity to BC Hydro at rates competitive with other investments; decrease the need for the Site-C dam by supplying electricity into the grid; and take personal action on climate change by reducing the demand for gasoline."

Furthermore, folks buying plug-in electric cars can charge them at home with the sun's energy "and thereby reduce demand for oil and oil pipelines, and save more money by not needing to buy gas and having lower maintenance costs."

In 2014, the cost of installing solar photo-voltaic panels became competitive with BC Hydro rates, Nix says.

"So for the first time, private citizens, as well as businesses, can now make money by generating their own renewable electricity from the sun.

Visit cowichancarbonbusters@shaw.ca.

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