Hudson's Hope solar project wins UBCM Community Excellence Award

The District of Hudson's Hope was recognized for its solar power system at the annual convention of B.C. municipalities on Tuesday.

The Union of B.C. Municipalities awarded the district a community excellence award in the excellence in service delivery category, which recognizes local governments for providing sustainable and beneficial services to the community. 

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"In all categories, winners offer a path for other local governments to follow, not only in British Columbia but around the world, making communities more efficient, healthier and ultimately more livable," convention officials noted in a press release.

In June, Hudson's Hope cut the ribbon on its 500kW municipal solar power system, which includes more than 1,500 panels installed at public facilities, including the arena, public works shop, curling club, visitor centre, sewage treatment plant, district office, and the pool.

It's the largest municipal solar project in B.C., and it's estimated it will save the district $74,000 a year in electricity costs, or or $3 million over the next 30 years.

The project was funded with a $1.35-million grant from the Strategic Priorities Fund and Federal Gas Tax Fund through the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

Also recognized were the City of Richmond for excellence in governance; the City of Coquitlam for excellence is asset management; and the Regional District of East Kootenay for excellence in sustainability. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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