KELOWNA– The City of Kelowna will receive $45,000 for a retrofit project from the Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP) through the Province of British Columbia.

The funding will support an energy efficiency retrofit project at Rutland Arena that will reduce energy demand by 2,660 gigajoules per year, saving $26,600 per year in operational costs and reducing the city’s carbon footprint by 131 tonnes per year.

“Partnerships make great things happen in Kelowna, benefiting the people that live here in a number of ways,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “In addition to creating a greener community, residents will see a $26,600 reduction in municipal operation costs—which means their tax dollars can be put to use in other priority areas.”

“These initiatives are so important for our communities and for our province as a whole,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “All levels of government must work together to find solutions that reduce our emissions, increase energy efficiency and stimulate economic diversity.”

“The City of Kelowna is showing leadership through its efforts to reduce energy use,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “British Columbians are natural innovators, which is why we’re seeing more and more clean tech solutions to reduce our carbon footprint.”

This year, CELP approved seven projects across the province for a total of $250,000 in funding including solar power, biomass heating, and energy retrofits to local facilities. The projects’ combined energy savings are the equivalent of powering/heating 225 homes in B.C.

The Community Energy Leadership Program will provide $1.3 million over the next three years to help communities implement local energy efficiency and clean energy projects.