Last Saturday, June 22, 2019, A+ Solar Solutions installed Salmon Arm’s first community-owned solar array on the east-facing roof of the First United Church.
A+ Solar Solutions installed 30 High-Efficiency 400 Wp LG NeON® 2 72-cell modules combined with state of the art Enphase IQ7+ micro-inverters, which will cover 38% of the First United Church’s average annual electricity consumption.
The project is a joined effort between the Shuswap Solar Energy Society and First United and made possible by generous donations and debentures of local supporters of solar energy.
The project will be called the ‘Hugh Tyson Community Solar Array’, honouring the memory of one of the Society’s Directors, who died a year ago.
C.B. Electric will be connecting the array to the grid this week, so First United can start harvesting their free solar energy early next week.
The first community-owned solar array in Salmon Arm will be built on the east-facing roof of First United Church, also known as Nexus at First.
Growing public concern about climate change and support for clean energy solutionshas led to $31,300 being raised in a short time to fund the Shuswap Solar Energy Society’s long-planned community solar array.
The project is being called the ‘Hugh Tyson Community Solar Array’,
honouring the memory of one of the Society’s Directors who died a year
The Solar Array is a partnership between the Shuswap Solar Energy Society and First United Church and will be built on the east-facing roof of First United Church. It is expected to provide the church with about 35% of its electricity needs.
Debenture holders will receive an annual return-f-capital payment from the electricity cost savings offset by the solar array. They expect the debentures to be paid off by 2025 or earlier.
The Solar Array is a true community project in that 32 persons have
given generously through debenture purchases or donations to help fund
it. Having achieved our target, we are ending our fund-raising campaign