Keith Encinas and three-year-old son Rio display their new Solar Colwood sign

Shiny incentives highlight Colwood’s Sunfest

Newly available rebates from Solar Colwood will be announced at Sunfest this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Colwood city hall.

Newly available rebates from Solar Colwood will be announced at Sunfest this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Colwood city hall.

Electric vehicle charging stations installed in either homes or businesses will now qualify for rebates through the program. LiveSmart B.C. and Solar Colwood, funded primarily from federal grants, will provide up to $750 to homeowners for a basic charging station. More cash is available for stations that are either Smart Grid ready (calibrated for charging in ‘off peak’ hours) or solar powered.

Organizers of Colwood’s Sunfest are hoping that summer weather will shine on their event, intended as a celebration and promotion of the ongoing Solar Colwood program. Free to attend, the event will feature live music, children’s activities, local art and free cob oven cooked pizza and cookies baked using the sun’s energy.

“We’re just wanting to bring the city together and have a good time, celebrate this wonderful program,” said program co-ordinator J Scott.

An array of electric vehicles — Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius — will be on display, along with the technologies available to make homes or businesses more environmentally sustainable.

So far, there have been 34 solar hot-water heaters installed in Colwood, along with 59 ductless heat pumps. This is up from 25 and 53 as of March, respectively. Scott said more installations are also in the various stages of completion.

Signs are being placed outside of homes that have taken advantage of the program to encourage others to do the same.

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