EcoSmart Foundation’s CEO Michel De Spot

EcoSmart Foundation’s CEO Michel De Spot

More awards for the SunMine

More recognition for Kimberley's sustainable energy project

Kimberley continues to receive accolades and awards for the SunMine project.

Last month, Mayor Don McCormick accepted the Community Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation on behalf of the City of Kimberley at the UBCM Awards Breakfast in Vancouver.

Next week, McCormick heads to Vancouver again to accept another award for the SunMine, this time from Clean Energy BC. Clean Energy BC will present Kimberley with the 2015 Community of the Year award in recognition of the sustainable energy project.

In addition, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of BC (APEGBC) presented Michel DeSpot of EcoSmart (Kimberley’s partner in the project)  a Sustainability Award for SunMine. APEGBC’s Sustainability Award recognizes a project that demonstrates a commitment to, and understanding of, the concept of sustainability.

“SunMine continues to provide visibility for Kimberley across the province,” said McCormick.

The other good news? SunMine has been in operation for three months and the city is receiving cheques from BC Hydro for energy generated.

SunMine has  4,032 solar-cell modules, mounted on 96 solar trackers which follow the sun’s movement, maximizing solar exposure. It is BC’s largest solar project, Canada’s largest solar tracking facility, and the first solar project in B.C. to sell power to the BC Hydro grid.