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Local residents invited to take part in Solar Oxford Challenge with chance for a $1,000

By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Oxford County has launched the Solar Oxford Challenge, an initiative that encourages up to 16 local residents or businesses to achieve net-zero electricity.

Net zero can be achieved by reducing electricity consumption and installing photovoltaic (PV) panels to offset energy usage.

“The Solar Oxford Challenge is for anyone that has ever considered installing a solar PV system at their home or business, but have hesitated due to the cost,” said Jay Heaman, Oxford’s manager of strategic initiatives. “By cutting initial electricity demand in half and relying on the solar PV system, participants have the potential to reduce their long-term electricity costs while dramatically reducing their carbon footprint.”

 

Net zero occurs when all of the electricity consumed is equal to or less than the electricity created from a renewable energy resource.

In this case the renewable energy resource is solar panels.

Any homeowner or business owner currently residing in any of Oxford County’s eight municipalities can apply to the Solar Oxford Challenge until July 31, 2018. A brochure and application form, along with local lending supports and community contacts can be accessed at www.oxfordcounty.ca/solarchallenge.

 

hrivers@postmedia.com