Solar hot water systems convert radiation from the sun into heat through roof-mounted solar collectors. A typical single family home pays about $270 per year for hot water. According to BC Hydro, a solar hot water system can meet approximately 50% of a household's total hot water needs - reducing water heating costs in half. Solar water heating also offsets fossil fuel combustion, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
To learn more about solar hot water systems, visit the Solar Colwood website here.
The Township of Esquimalt is a designated BC Solar Community. The designation comes with $5000 funding to further develop solar hot water programs in an effort to promote clean energy and reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Municipal Hall Installation
In 2010, a domestic solar hot water system was installed on the Municipal Hall. The solar hot water system is anticipated to reduce the Municipal Hall's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 kg a year - moving the municipality towards its BC Climate Action Charter commitment to become carbon neutral by 2012.
For more information, please contact:
Marlene Lagoa, Community Development Coordinator