A local organization is looking to the sun to power the Queen City.
The Wascana Solar Co-operative held their first annual general meeting on Thursday at a local church, where they discussed plans to bring solar panels to residential and commercial properties.
According to their release, there are two types of installation plans.
Plan one, said group Vice President Susan Birley, would see people have solar panels installed on personal properties.
“It’s a group buy, and we’re organizing on behalf of people who want to put solar panels on the roofs of their homes, their shops, or even out on the farm,” she said. “Because of the cost of buying on behalf of a large number of people, we can negotiate a better price for both the installation and the purchase of the hardware that’s required.”
Birley said all interested (20 people have signed up for this thus far) only have to come up with the necessary financing.
The second plan to build a large scale solar installation, in which they’re looking for a partner.
“We’re looking for someone who has room for about 90 panels,” she said. “This would probably something like a public building or a business or something like that.”
Birley noted while this project is an ambitious one, it’s essential Saskatchewan begins to harness and use solar energy.
“Solar’s fairly simple to install on your home and once you have it up, it’s fairly low maintenance,” she said. “Regina is probably one of the best places to do it, we have over 2400 hours of sunlight a year on average.”