Local Initiative Helps Win National Award

DAWSON CREEK, BC. Hard work by the City of Dawson Creek has helped the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) win the 2005 Solar Advocate of the Year award for its groundbreaking SolarBC Solar Hot Water Heating Program.

This national award was presented to the BCSEA by the Canadian Solar Industries Association at their annual conference held in Ottawa at the beginning of November.

An early supporter of the project, Emanuel Machado, Deputy Director of Development Services for the City Dawson Creek, recognized the opportunity and took the lead in helping organize the first regional launch of the provincial Solar Hot Water Project to be held in BC.

The launch, attended by local contractors and citizens interested in the advantages of solar hot water heating, was held in Dawson Creek on September 22 at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Center. Nitya Harris, SolarBC?s Project Leader, is quick to recognize the City of Dawson Creek?s contribution. ?Communities like Dawson Creek are the backbone of this project. They have shown leadership and vision in making solar hot water a part of their energy future.?

A local business, Peace photoGraphics Inc., working with the City of Dawson Creek helped create the projects visual image by developing the project logo, project and website name, and promotional taglines.

Mayor Wayne Dahlen of Dawson Creek adds, ?It is encouraging to see that the City of Dawson Creek and the community is stepping forward with ideas and taking action during these exciting times.? The SolarBC program involves five communities in BC chosen to promote the use of solar energy to supplement traditional methods of heating water in residential, commercial, and public buildings.