Community buildings get energized

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Columbia Basin Trust

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Burton Community Hall.

Renewable energy upgrades in 16 community buildings will generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability and reduce energy costs. These projects are being realized with over $650,000 in support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Sustainability grants.

The buildings range from community halls to aquatic centres and activities vary from installing solar panels to adding heat pumps. Projects may also include improvements like adding insulation and replacing furnaces and lighting to help the benefits from the projects go further. “People regularly use and appreciate these buildings and many have told us they want to explore ways to use energy efficiently and sustainably, which is why we’ve made renewable and alternative energy one of our strategic priorities,” said Mark Brunton, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Through these grants, these important community assets will now be equipped to generate and conserve energy, while moving into the future as inviting, comfortable spaces.”

The Burton Community Association will be adding solar panels to its community hall, reducing power usage by switching to LED lights and adding a Level ll electric vehicle charging station. “Having solar power at the community hall will cut our electricity bill, plus be an opportunity for locals to see the benefits of solar and how it works,” said Board member Barbara Ross. “Adding the electric vehicle charging stations will encourage community uptake on electric vehicles and enable travellers with electric vehicles to come to the area and explore our community.”

This is one of the ways the Trust is helping communities conserve energy and generate renewable and alternative energy. The Trust has supported an electric vehicle charging network across the Basin and the Trust has helped improve energy efficiency and sustainability in 935 units in 47 affordable housing buildings in the Basin. 

View list of the community buildings here: www.tinyurl.com/y2cs6hwg 

Visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998 for more information.