A new solar project at Invermere’s Columbia Valley Centre could face delays due to mother nature.
District Council recently approved spending $50,000 to install 120 solar panels at the building through a partnership with Solar Now.
Councillor Paul Denchuk says its a great addition to the new facility, but the built-up snow may stop crews from getting to work.
“It is possible that it could still get installed this Fall and that is our hope. Worst case scenario, we put it on the Spring,” Denchuk says. “We just received close to a foot of snow here in Invermere. That would dampen any efforts to get the solar panels on the roof.”
Denchuk says even if the work is pushed back to next Spring, it will be worth the wait.
“That will power about 30 percent of the electricity for the community centre and annually will produce about 52,000 kilowatt hours,” Denchuk says. “That translates into about $6,500 a year toward the center, a reduction in energy costs.”
The project is capable of generating enough energy to power four homes in Invermere.
– Invermere Councillor, Paul Denchuk