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You're invited to the SCCSA AGM by Zoom
  Mon
day, November 30, 2020 at 7 pm

Guest speaker Bruce Morris, will talk about the 100kw solar array recently installed on Trail Bay Mall and directors will recap the very interesting year we've had and our upcoming plans. 

Please request the Zoom code by going to our email at: suncoastcsa@gmail.com
 

Remember to take out a membership to help support the SCCSA. Memberships taken out or renewed now will be good for the balance of 2020 and all of 2021. Thank you for your support!  

Memberships can be paid through our website:       https://suncoastcommsolar.weebly.com



The SC Community Solar Association James Pawley solar legacy array on the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre roof has now saved them $1,000 !

The SCSA was able to install 28 solar panels on the Sechelt Senior Activity Centre (SSAC) in March. The array has saved the Activity Centre almost $1000 so far ~ could not come at a better time given the drop in revenue due to Covid restricting their activities. 

Thank you to all who donated!!


Seen articles or videos suggesting that solar and other renewables have a huge environmental footprint? Right-wing institutes funded by the fossil fuel industry, are busy  dis-seminating disinformation about excessive resources needed to produce solar panels and wind turbines, conveniently overlooking the monumental amount of resources needed to take oil out of the ground and ship it around the world, not to mention extreme    environmental degradation caused by leaking pipelines or accidental spills of fossil fuels. They fail to mention the fact that once solar or wind turbines are in place there is no pollution whatsoever, or the astronomical climate costs of burning fossil fuels (plus pollution, health risks, habitat destruction, etc.). 
    Those of us promoting solar do so because it is the most benign of all energies, along with wind and geo-thermal. There are millions of acres of roofs and parking lots, just ripe for the placement of solar panels which, once in place, even help to protect those roofs or tarmac. Solar panels increase in efficiency and decrease   in price every year and although there is some mining required, it pales in comparison with the enormous footprint of fracking, oil sands or the incalculable risks of offshore oil rigs. Guaranteed for 25 years, solar panels can last much longer and the materials in them re-used at end-of-life. Help dispute the disinformation by fossil fuel interests who won’t be able to make colossal profits from sunshine and wind energy ~ because they are free!


\Want to join our dynamic board? We are looking for directors to help us carry out our mission to promote solar and other energy alternatives as a way of helping the planet! Contact our email address at suncoastcsa@gmail.com   or phone 778-233-8250 for more info.
 



 
Advocacy Committee Update

In early October 2020, the SCCSA presented a report to the SCRD board, proposing energy efficiency upgrades to the Gibsons and Area Community Centre. The seven phase project would dramatically reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The phases consist of a 100 kW roof-top solar array, a battery backup system for emergency operation, replacing the old gas fired space heaters with electric heat pumps, solar thermal hot water pre-heaters, upgrading lights to LEDs and installing additional EV chargers. BC Hydro bills would be reduced by over $13,000/year thanks to the array.

Fossil fuel use for heating would be replaced by renewable electricity thus reducing GHG emissions by 99% and annual heating cost by 34%. While the report was focussed on the GAAC, the principles could be applied to all SCRD buildings and we have offered to work with the SCRD to improve our community resiliency and sustainability.

Have you checked out our Facebook Page lately? Always interesting info!
 

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