Addressing Climate change is a race against time. We need to act fast to make a transition to renewable energy. As individuals we are limited in what we can do but if we work together and support each other we can make change a reality. Solving climate change is a big task and no one renewable energy project is the solution all by itself but if we all do our part in our own communities we create the momentum needed to get where we need to go faster.
We started the Great Climate Race to help communities make climate solutions a reality at the local level. We are excited to announce that you now have the ability to raise funds directly for specific solar projects on our site. Below are the first two projects we have announced.
For information on some of the projects we helped fund last year as part of the Solar Now initiative check out this link.
Help Empower OrcaLab to run on Clean Energy!
OrcaLab is an a world renowned, whale research centre situated on a remote island near Alert Bay,off the BC coast of British Columbia, near Alert Bay,. The centre’s researching with dolphins and whales has been a ongoing for more than four decades. In 2013, they installed a solar system to reduce their dependence on their gas generators. Today, they are taking the project further to the next level in order to meet almost all of their energy needs using renewable energy only.
Since 2013, the their solar system installed installation has already reduced carbon emissions from the gas generator by between 1.5 to 2 tonnes each and every year. This translates to a fuel cost savings of up to $2,000 annually which can then be used for vital research rather than paying for a particularly heavily concentrated GHG fuel source.OrcaLab is funded by individuals and organizations who value their effort and is are looking forward to a future without oil.
Upgrades at the OrcaLab involve doubling of the battery capacity, near doubling of the PV capacity and the an addition of a wind turbine, for a total projected cost at $23,000. OrcaLab received a $7,000 donation towards the electrical system this year and is in need of an outstanding additional $16,000 to complete the project.
5,000 dollars from the Great Climate Race 2015 is being dedicated to the Orca Lab solar project.
Want to help out?
GreatClimateRace.org/orcalab - Join their team! Donate! Spread the word!
Help The Tsleil Waututh Nation Build a Solar Array in North Vancouver!
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is building a new administrative building and health centre in North Vancouver which will be completed in Spring of 2017. The project will include a grid-tied solar project that will reduce the energy demands of the buildings and put power onto the grid. The plans include an approximately 47,000 kwh a year solar installation. More than $10,000 worth of solar panels has already been donated by the environmental groups earlier this year and an additional $10,000 of what was raised by Great Climate Race participants in 2015 is being dedicated to this project.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation community members will walk in the 2.5k or run in the 10k race to raise money for the project. Native and non-native people are invited to join their team and stand, walk or run with us on October 30 in Stanley Park or as part of the virtual race anywhere around the world! They already have supporters involved in Australia, India, New York, France, Italy and Japan. This is truly a global event to highlight a global problem.
By getting involved in this team you will help communicate the widespread desire for an urgent transition to 100% renewable energy.
Reminder: We will post information here about more projects as they are announced
Want to know more about why we are focusing on solar energy? Check it this page for more information.
Feel free to contact us directly with any further question. Ben@GreatClimateRace.org