City of Victoria Releases New Solar Rooftop Tool
October 7, 2021
The City has developed the Solar Rooftop Tool with support from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria to inform Victoria residents and businesses of their building’s potential to generate electricity using solar panels.
“We know that climate change is the challenge of our time and our City continues to be out in front finding solutions that residents can use to make a difference,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “This tool will help residents who want to blaze a trail in the use of renewables or use their home to generate power.”
The Solar Rooftop Tool can be used to determine the amount of sunshine almost any building in Victoria receives over the course of a year and provides information on power generation potential, how much a solar system might cost, available rebates, and financing options. Solar panels can be installed on most roofs and are available for residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
Solar energy is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada and is an increasingly affordable and viable means of energy production. In fact, due to the efficiency of modern solar panels and Victoria’s climate, there is enough sunlight to generate electricity throughout the year.
The City’s Climate Leadership Plan commits to ensuring that all buildings are highly energy efficient and powered by renewable energy. This tool is another resource offered by the City that can help make homes in Victoria more climate-friendly. For more ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, check out BringItHome4Climate.ca.
You can check the tool out at victoria.ca/SolarTool. For more information about the tool, see the resources and FAQ sections in the Solar Rooftop Tool’s menu.
- In the past decade, the cost of solar panels has dropped significantly.
- The Canada Greener Homes Grant provides funding to homeowners of up to $5,600 for energy efficient home retrofits, including renewable energy systems such as solar.
- British Columbia it is the only province with a PST exemption for solar power.
- Solar energy technologies have advanced considerably over the last 20 years with modern solar panels capable of more than covering the energy requirements of most commercial and residential buildings.