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About the program

Examples of Evacuated tube systems - Photos courtesy of Generation PV

Using solar heat means less demand for fossil fuels & electricity. Reducing the amount of fuel you burn means lower GHG emissions, less pollution, and more money in your pocket. Investing in solar technology also means a bigger payback on the biggest investment of your life your home.

Solar H2Ottawa is an initiative that aims to inform consumers about the benefits of solar water heating, while also making it cheaper. Sustainable Ottawa in partnership with by Seventh Generation Community Projects, a program of Tucker House Renewal Centre and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and from Natural Resources Canada through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program aims to provide individuals within the Ottawa-Carleton Region with a more informed and affordable means of obtaining a Solar Domestic Hot Water System (SDHW) for their household. All systems must be installed and operating by October 2010.

The Solar H2Ottawa initiative is made up of 3 components:

Education

Community education is vital to the successful implementation of Solar H2Ottawa. This component involves FREE solar workshops being delivered in the community. This component is being delivered by Seventh Generation Community Projects, a program of Tucker House Renewal Centre.

The educational seminars are being conducted until 2010 thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Economics

Making sustainable goods and services affordable is always important. This is what Sustainable Ottawa is all about. To make solar domestic hot water systems cheaper, Sustainable Ottawa has negotiated preferential pricing from local installers and also obtained a grant from Natural Resources Canada through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program.

This funding is being used to provide 225 Solar H2Ottawa participants with a financial incentive of $1,200. This financial incentive is on top of other federal and provincial grant programs and only available exclusively through Sustainable Ottawa.

The following is a list of available solar hot water incentives:

Members of Sustainable Ottawa could also take advantage of:

  • Solar H2Ottawa = $1,200
  • Preferential pricing from partner installers
  • $25 off an ecoEnergy audit from the EnviroCentre

For a total of MORE THAN $4,000 in incentives!

Evaluation

Sustainable Ottawa wants to be as transparent as possible about the benefits and drawbacks of SDHW systems. The evaluation component meets this objective. Why evaluate solar hot water systems? For one, we want to show participants what kind of benefits they are getting as a result of SDHW. Additionally we want to feed back data and information for the purpose of ongoing educational seminars.

Sustainable Ottawa partnered with Enbridge gas distribution to monitor natural gas consumption before and after the installation of a solar domestic hot water system within 7 households in Ottawa. The final data will be made available however individual homes will not be identifiable and there will be no cost to participants.

Geographic Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Solar H2Ottawa incentive, members need to live in one of the following areas:

  • Alfred Plantagenet
  • Beckwith
  • Carleton Place
  • Casselman
  • City of Ottawa
  • Clarence Rockland
  • Drummond & North Elmsley
  • Horton
  • La Nation
  • Lanark Highlands
  • McNab-Braeside
  • Merrickville-Wolford
  • Mississippi Mills
  • Montague
  • North Dundas
  • North Grenville
  • North Stormont
  • Perth
  • Renfrew
  • Russell
  • Smiths Falls
  • Tay Valley