Solar Power Conversion Pilot at Regional ParksSolar Power Conversion Pilot at Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass211EA42FC66C471CA19CE87C1C7BEA3A"><p>Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is going green, with a recent pilot project to replace the gas-powered generators at the Colony Farm Regional Park service yard with solar energy.</p><p>This initiative was funded by Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Innovation Program, which supports projects undertaken by the regional district, liquid waste or water functions that contribute to the region’s sustainability. </p><p>Solar panels were installed at the Colony Farm Regional Park service yard, which does not have access to hydropower. Power derived from these solar panels eliminates the need for gas-powered generators, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution. The solar power system also powers lighting inside the park workshop, extending its useful working hours. </p><p>Staff will monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of this pilot project to determine whether similar installations are feasible at other park or utility sites that currently rely on gas-powered generators. </p><p>To read more about this and other Sustainability Innovation Program initiatives, visit the program’s <a href="/services/air-quality/sustainability-innovation-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">webpage</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue47-solarpower.jpg2018-10-19T07:00:00ZGP0|#7ccd2f9e-3572-495b-a89d-88c980beedcc;L0|#07ccd2f9e-3572-495b-a89d-88c980beedcc|Issue 47;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass3BEC249DF4214DD8AE4592346BC7F68F"><p>​<span lang="EN-CA">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is going green, with a recent pilot project to replace the gas-powered generators at the Colony Farm Regional Park service yard with solar energy.</span></p></div>0