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New homes in Delta need to be solar hot water ready

36 communities around province agree to adopt regulation, a move applauded by solar industry association

Delta has a new building regulation that will require new homes to be solar hot water ready.

Thirty-six communities across the province, including Delta, have agreed to adopt a regulation that will require new single-fam-ily homes to be solar hot water ready, the provincial government announced last week.

The regulation means any new single-family home will have to have space to accommodate a solar hot water heater system. Installation of a system is not required.

The new regulation went into effect last month.

The announcement was applauded by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).

"This announcement will not only result in significant environmental benefits for these communities, but it will also result in tremendous economic and employment benefits," the association stated in a news release.

"Solar energy creates more jobs than any other energy resource through production, installation and research," said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA president. "CanSIA is excited to see the government tak-ing action to broaden the adoption of this abundant energy resource in British Columbia, and is encouraging governments in other provinces to follow suit.

This policy sends a positive message - the solar thermal industry is the place to invest in B.C. and will contribute to the creation of new jobs."

jkerr@delta-optimist.com