Viridian Donates a Solar Energy System to the Cowichan Green Community

Event: Viridian Solar Panel Install at Cowichan Green Community

When: April 10-14

Where: Cowichan Green Community, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan BC

Contact: Judy Stafford

Tel: 250-748-8506


Just as the sun is starting to reappear, Cowichan Green Community (CGC) is thrilled to be the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Viridian Solar Co-op for 10 solar panels. The panels were installed last week by three members of the Viridian team, working on the south-facing side of The Station, (formerly The Phoenix) CGC’s building at 360 Duncan Street. The renewable energy installation was completed using a new electric solar panel lift to get the modules up to the roof safely.

“When we purchased this building in 2012, it was our dream to have solar energy,” explained Judy Stafford, Executive Director of CGC. “Watching the escalating expenses of our extensive renovations, however, meant that dream had to be put on hold… until now! When the Viridian team asked if we would like to have panels installed as a donation we couldn’t believe it.  I understand it was a tricky install so we are extra grateful for their generosity and perseverance.”

Viridian Solar installed a 2.65 KW solar panel system on the CGC roof which will produce an average of 1100 kWh of renewable power annually. This power will directly offset the cost of energy provided by BC Hydro. Similar to other solar energy installs that Viridian Solar has done across Vancouver Island, CGC’s new system has started small and can be expanded as the organization grows.

The size of the roof is ideal for additional panels so CGC and Viridian is appealing to the community to get involved. Each $1,000.00 donated will purchase one more panel and the donor is eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

So let’s all work together and make this a start of a solar downtown!

For more information on other CGC initiatives please visit For more details on Viridian Solar Co-op and how they are empowering communities across Vancouver Island visit Viridian Solar.

For more information on this event, please contact the Cowichan Green Community at 250-748-8506 or

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