A local lodge has reduced its reliance on diesel power by installing solar panels atop the roof of its main building.
Cathedral Lakes Lodge, a private resort in Cathedral Lake park near Keremeos, has gone green by installing solar panels, cutting the need for a diesel powered generator.
The park and lodge are known for pristine wilderness and hiking trails, set in the middle of the forest.
The owner Richard Padmos was driven to use solar energy in a bid to become as green as possible and to save money on diesel fuel. Before going solar, Padmos had to transport the diesel more than 30 kilometres from Keremeos, up a mountain to the lodge. He hopes the panels will pay themselves off within 10 years.
The panels cost more than $30,000 including installation and a set of batteries and power inverters Padmos had already purchased nearly a decade ago.
Maintenance for the gear is nominal, requiring only a hose off during the summer and fall.
The lodge is closed between October and June.