The City of New Westminster recently unveiled its second urban solar garden.
Installation of the second renewable energy project at the city’s public works yard is now complete. The city states that the urban solar garden is a rooftop-mounted, 156-panel photovoltaic array that allows residents, businesses and non-profit organizations that have invested in the project to access renewable energy.
“The city’s urban solar garden is a signatures initiative that demonstrates local leadership in renewable energy and community engagement,” said a media advisory from the city. “This second solar array follows in the footsteps of the first urban solar garden installation that was completed at Queensborough Community Centre in July 2018. This initiative aligns with the policy objectives outlined in the city’s community energy and emissions plan and official community plan.”
According to the city, urban solar garden subscribers include local residents, businesses and non-profit organizations with New Westminster electrical utility accounts. Power generated by the array is credited back to each subscriber’s electrical utility bill quarterly, in proportion to their investment, for up to 25 years.