What started as a Royal Roads thesis is becoming an invaluable resource for Canadian municipalities keen to promote solar power.
Alumnus Bob Haugen recently launched the Canadian Solar Cities Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting solar energy across the country and recognizing cities that are leading the charge.
To become a solar city, municipalities must meet 10 criteria, such as establishing a climate change plan with short- and long-term targets and timeframes and offering incentives for residents who use solar electricity and solar thermal energy. Haugen developed the criteria as part of his thesis in consultation with Canadian solar leaders, the federal and provincial ministries of environment and representatives from 18 municipalities. He also reviewed international models. Haugen determined there is great interest from cities for more guidance and support when it comes to promoting solar energy.