When you  get involved in The Great Climate Race you help raise funds directly for local renewable energy projects.

We are proud to be partnering with a number of groups as a part of the Solar Now initiative.

By installing solar electricity systems on public buildings and in high-traffic areas, Solar Now aims to help British Columbians get a better sense of how the technology works–and how it could help meet the energy needs of British Columbia’s homes and businesses.

Solar Now launched in September 2016 with initial plans for several solar installations, with more coming soon.

Solar panels installed on the Bowen Island Community School

Solar panels installed on the Bowen Island Community School, completed September 2016.

Bowen Island Community School

A 30-panel, 7.95 kw solar installation has been completed on this elementary school on Bowen Island, providing the school with clean, renewable electricity and offering students an opportunity to learn about solar power technology and reducing carbon pollution.

Creekside Paddling Centre

The Creekside Paddling Centre will host a Solar Now installation, to be completed in fall 2016.

Creekside Paddling Centre

An approximately 15-kilowatt array of solar panels will be installed at this centre in Vancouver’s False Creek in the fall of 2016. This high-traffic pedestrian area across from Science World offers excellent visibility and will allow visitors the opportunity to get an up-close look at a typical residential-sized solar installation.

Project Partners

The following organizations have contributed financial and/or in-kind support to help make Solar Now possible:

Clean Energy Canada

North Growth Fdn

City of  Vancouver

Community Energy Association

Climate Race


Note: Individual installations may be supported by additional local partners.


This is just the beginning in terms of projects funded in part by the Great Climate Race. We solicited nominations last year in our #PutSolarOnIt campaign and many great projects were nominated. Soon you will see teams within the Great Climate Race raising money directly for some of these projects that you can support. The remaining funds from 2015 will be allocated for these projects to help them get the ball rolling.

We will be sharing the details of some of these projects in the weeks ahead and profiling the amazing teams working to make them a reality. To get updates join our mailing list.

We thank you for your support of these fundamentally important community projects. If you have not registered already for the Great Climate Race you can get more information and do it now at