Another award for Kimberley’s SunMine

SUNMINE SELECTED AS TOP 15 PROJECT FOR CANADA’S CLEAN50

  • Tue Sep 20th, 2016 6:00am
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SunMine has won another award.

KIMBERLEY, B.C. – The City of Kimberley’s SunMine has been selected as one of

Canada’s top 15 sustainability-oriented projects.

“Canada’s Clean50 Top 15 Project Awards are announced annually by Delta

Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize the 15 sustainability

oriented projects, completed in the previous two years, which have done the most to

advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. Projects are

chosen for their innovation, ability to inspire others, or to inform.” states Gavin Pitchford,

CEO of the Delta Management Group.

”Delta’s criteria in determining Honourees is to carefully consider actual measurable

accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and

the power of the project contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action”.

“The SunMine – Converting a Minesite to a Solar Field project was chosen after

rigourous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal

researchers and external advisors, and was among the Top 15 Projects selected from a

large initial pool of well qualified nominees. “

A true collaboration, Michel DeSpot of the EcoSmart Foundation first approached the

City of Kimberley and Teck Resources in 2008 about a partnership to build Western

Canada’s first large-scale solar facility on a reclaimed mine site. In the heart of BC and

with over 300 days of annual sunshine, Kimberley was a natural – and in 2011 76% of

voters supported the City borrowing $2M towards the construction. Teck provided a

reclaimed mining site, an existing substation, and $2M in support to the project, and

with help from other funders, including $1M the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy

Fund, the project commenced commercial operations in June 2015, becoming the first

large-scale grid-connected solar facility in Western Canada, the first in Canada to utilize

solar tracking technology and the first solar facility built by a municipality, or on a

reclaimed mine site. The 997 MWh of electricity generated by the SunMine in the first

12 months resulted in the avoidance of 604 tonnes of CO2, generated $195,730 in

revenue for the City.

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