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Posted: December 4, 2015

SunMine begins to yield results

The City of Kimberley reports that following the first 19 weeks of operation SunMine has begun to yield some bright results.

The solar power facility located in the brownfield site on the southeast edge of the city has provided employment and power as well as helped shine a spotlight on Kimberley.

The following are some statistics provided by the city.

Direct local construction and labour:
–8,711 hours;
–29 locals with 7.5 weeks of full-time employment;
– 5.1% or $271,000 over budget;
– Completed five months behind schedule.

– Over 19 weeks of commercial operation;
–752 MWh of electricity sold to BC Hydro;
–$88,610 in revenue; estimated break even $216,000/year;
–$12,940 in operational expenses; compared to $61,800/year estimated.

Public relations
– 500+ people toured facility;
– 150+ media articles and blogs;
– 1,800+ unique views of project video;
– 8,500+ unique visitors to;

– Clean Energy BC, 2015 Community of the Year Award;
– Union of BC Municipalities, Community Excellence Award;
– Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Sustainability Award (EcoSmart).


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