Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada
FortisBC Inc.

FortisBC Inc.

May 15, 2009 11:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Invests in B.C. Solar Energy Program

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - Homeowners in British Columbia will soon be able to reduce their home energy costs with new solar technology. The Government of Canada is investing $400,000 in the Solar Hot Water Heating program through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat initiative. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, and Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, announced the investment and launched the program today at the Kelowna Solar Workshop.

"Our Government's investment in this program will make it easier for homeowners to reduce their energy costs - putting more money in the pocket books of Canadians," said Minister Raitt. "Not only will this project protect our environment, but this green energy technology will also help stimulate the economy and create jobs for Canadians."

"This investment will generate new economic activity in the Okanagan and the Kootenays, while reducing energy costs and harmful emissions," said Mr. Cannan. "This new solar program will encourage homeowners to consider green energy technology and help stimulate the economy."

The Solar Hot Water Heating Program being delivered by FortisBC will provide a significant boost to the growing clean energy industry in B.C. It provides $1,000 rebates to help new home developers in the Okanagan and the Kootenays install solar hot water heating systems.

The program also provides a $300 rebate for existing homeowners to install a solar hot water heating system. Solar hot water heating systems are also eligible for the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Grant and are eligible under the Home Renovation Tax Credit.

"We are pleased to work in partnership with Natural Resources Canada to promote alternative energy sources and provide our customers with incentives for either new homes or renovations to their existing homes," said Michael Mulcahy, FortisBC's VP of Customer and Corporate Services.

A solar water heating system can supply up to 60 percent of a Canadian home's hot water needs, cut energy and water heating costs and reduce each household's annual greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne.

The $36-million ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat initiative is one of a series of ecoENERGY initiatives funded by the Government of Canada with an investment of more than $3.6 billion to increase Canada's supply of clean, renewable energy and to improve our energy efficiency.

An additional $2.4 billion is provided by Canada's Economic Action Plan to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada's climate change objectives. This funding includes a new, five-year, $1-billion Clean Energy Fund and a $1-billion Green Infrastructure Fund.

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Homeowners in British Columbia will soon be able to reduce their home energy costs by using solar technology. The Government of Canada is investing $400,000 in the new Solar Hot Water Heating Program that is being delivered by FortisBC in the Okanagan and the Kootenays. The program provides $1,000 rebates to help new home developers install solar hot water heating systems.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media: ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Director of Communications
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447