Shining a bright light on community solar power

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is bringing Rob Baxter to Kamloops to speak about community solar at the organization’s annual general meeting next week.

Baxter is founder and CEO of SolShare Energy, a community-owned solar energy project in British Columbia.

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Everyone who is interested in learning about community solar is invited to attend the presentation, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in room 1015 of the International Building at Thompson Rivers University.

Admission is by donation.

According to the BCSEA, community solar means a solar power installation of which the ownership and/or electricity is shared by members of a community.

There are a variety of models operating in B.C. and around the world.

The project may be owned by a municipality, a First Nation, a strata, a co-operative or individual investors.

Owners may utilize the electricity directly or they may share in its profits.  

Baxter will be speaking about SolShare Energy (online at solshare.ca), a community-owned solar energy project that has been in operation since 2015.

The company’s investors own two solar energy systems and receive dividends based on the energy produced. Baxter will also talk about other community solar projects in the province, some in operation and some just getting started. 

In addition to his involvement with Solshare, Baxter is a co-founder of Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op, where he provides consulting and project management services for renewable energy systems.

He has been in the solar energy industry since 2004 and helped initiate and complete the first grid-tie photovoltaic install in Vancouver. 

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is a volunteer-based charity that supports the sustainable production, distribution and consumption of energy in British Columbia and beyond.

To learn more about it, go online to bcsea.org.

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