Workers with High Tide Energy Inc. of Victoria install banks of solar panels on the roof of the Town of Sidney’s public works building. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is hoping for grant funding to conduct a report that would see if this kind of energy source would be feasible for Harrison’s public buildings. (Black Press Media file)

Harrison looks to test viability of solar power

Harrison has applied for a grant to see whether solar power is an option for its village buildings

Can the sun power Harrison’s municipal buildings?

That’s what the village is hoping to find out with a grant application that would allow Harrison to see whether solar power could be used 11 municipal buildings.

On Monday, July 8, council voted to apply for a $5,000 Provincial Infrastructure Planning Grant that would allow the village to see which locations might be suitable for solar power. The grant-funded report would not only assess the buildings, but also provide preliminary designs, performance modelling, a cost-benefit analysis and technical information for the buildings that could be used.

The report would look at the waste water treatment plant, the beach washrooms, the band stand, the boat launch office, Memorial Hall, the village office, the public works buildings, the fire hall, the water treatment plant, the water reservoir site and the as-yet unapproved cultural hub as possible options.

RELATED: New civic building proposed for Harrison Hot Springs

The application deadline for this grant was July 10, and successful applicants are usually notified within three months of the deadline.

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