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Roads to Research - ...The Solar Colwood Project

Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 12/14/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Royal Roads University Centre for Dialogue (LIC 407)

Please join School of Environment and Sustainability’s Chris Ling, Charles Krusekopf and School of Business’s Ingrid Kajzer Mitchell for their Roads to Research presentation entitled: Understanding the Uptake and Impact of Residential Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems through the Solar Colwood Project

This presentation provides an overview of the early results from a research project by faculty and students at Royal Roads University to understand the uptake and effectiveness of a project supported by Natural Resources Canada to install solar thermal hot water systems in 20% of the households (1000 homes) in Colwood, British Columbia.

The presentation highlights the results from a community household survey of attitudes toward and knowledge of energy efficiency options, with a focus on solar thermal systems, the findings from a series of focus groups discussions with innovator households and municipal employees, and the findings from a literature review of best practices. One focus of the research work is to explore how project based programs, such as the installation of solar systems, influence the behaviour of participants and other community members by increasing the visibility and awareness of energy efficiency options. The experience of the nearby T’Sou-ke First Nation Solar Project, which found that two-thirds of energy savings from a solar project come from behaviour change rather than direct energy savings, will be explored, as will a reflection on the experience of working closely with our municipal partners in the City of Colwood.

Two RRU MEM Graduate Students, Kirsten Dales and Kevin Simpson, will introduce their research work related to the project, which focuses on understanding best practices for energy efficiency programs from other municipalities and district energy systems.
Everyone welcome! Please feel free to bring your lunch.