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Understanding the public uptake and acceptance of a municipal green energy incentive program

Starting Date: 
February, 2011
Duration: 
2 years
RRU Researchers: 
Ling, Chris; Wilkin, Nancy; Krusekopf, Charles; Kaijer Mitchell, Ingrid
Funder: 
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Communities need to find innovative ways to influence household choices related to energy sources and consumption if targets for reducing GHG emissions and other sustainability goals are to be met. The City of Colwood's “Solar Colwood” project seeks to have 1,000 homes plus local businesses install solar thermal water heating systems and other clean energy upgrades by 2014. This research is investigating methods, incentives and tools used to develop uptake in the community, and will examine the response of the population to the project.