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Awards adding up for Hudson's Hope solar project

Provincial recognition is adding up for the municipal solar project in Hudson's Hope. On top of earning a Community Excellence Award at the annual Union of B.C.
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Hudson's Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson accepting the Climate Energy and Action Award from the Community Energy Association and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman. Supplied Photo

Provincial recognition is adding up for the municipal solar project in Hudson's Hope.

On top of earning a Community Excellence Award at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler earlier this month, the district was also bestowed with a Climate Energy and Action Award.

The award, from the Community Energy Association, recognizes the estimated $70,000 in savings the project will have on the district's utility costs.

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.

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.

Mayor Gwen Johansson and Couns. Kelly Miller and Dave Heiberg accepted the award, on display in the district office along with the Community Excellence Award. That award recognizes local governments for providing sustainable and beneficial services to the community. 

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