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Okanagan's solar explosion

A first-of-its kind "solar shingle" installation in Kelowna is the latest instance of the swelling solar energy trend sweeping the Okanagan.

The 138-panel array currently being installed at a Hobson Road home differs from traditional solar panels because it attaches directly to the roof, eliminating the heavy and complicated brackets old-school solar panels require.

The product has been in Canada since 2009, but the 8.6 kilowatt system installed on the Hobson Road home is the first of its kind in the Okanagan, and only the second of its kind in the province.

Al Catton, a partner at the company installing the array, believes it is just the first of a whack of installations his company will be working on over the next few years.

His experience speaks to the proliferation of solar arrays starting to pop up across the Okanagan.

For more on what's behind the valley's solar explosion, check out the full story on Castanet's sister business news website Okanagan Edge.



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