A green technology company believes a big step in reducing Kimberley’s carbon footprint is getting residents off the electrical grid.
OTG Power Solutions is teaming with Wildsight for a discussion Thursday night on how residents can install solar panels on their homes.
Owner Ebon Smylie feels Kimberley and Cranbrook have a lot of potential for generating solar energy.
“The only places in the world that get more exposure for solar is either the Middle East or the Prairies,” Smylie says. “Kimberley averages at least 317 sunny days a year with at least four hours of prime sunlight exposure and then Cranbrook averages 314 days.”
Smylie believes generating energy on your own property can help the environment and your wallet.
“When we have more sunlight exposure than almost anywhere in the world, we could make everybody’s home in the East Kootenay selling power back to the grid,” Smylie says. “Therefore eliminating the green footprint the East Kootenay uses for the power grid.”
Smylie will talk about how accessible green technology is becoming for homeowners and businesses.
The event starts 7 p.m. at Grow Tea and Elixir Corner near the platzl.
– OTG Power Solutions Owner Ebon Smylie