Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News David Large points to a solar panel array and a glass-enclosed sun room that provide electricity and heat to his energy efficient home in rural Sequim. FILE September 2018

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News David Large points to a solar panel array and a glass-enclosed sun room that provide electricity and heat to his energy efficient home in rural Sequim. FILE September 2018

Penticton looks at over $1.5M in residential solar panels in 2022

2021 saw over $800,000 in panels installed

The City of Penticton may be making things easier for residents to get hooked up with solar energy.

The community sustainability advisory committee on Dec. 8 received a report on updating the city’s requirements and permit process to reduce the barriers to solar panels.

Solar energy is a growing aspect of construction in Penticton, with 28 permits issued in 2021 according to the city, worth $829,00 in construction value and twice that number expected to be installed in 2022.

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The report was requested in April after staff were asked by the committee to look into the relationship between net metering and solar permits before it evolved into a larger review of potential roadblocks to solar panel installations.

As part of the review for the committee, city staff introduced a $185 flat minimum rate as part of all solar panel permit applications, which was included in recent in amendments to the city’s fees and charges bylaw.

The city also introduced in June 2021, the requirement that all new homes be solar-ready, which includes having plans for locations of solar panels for any future installations and for the required conduits for solar panels be installed at the framing stage.

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