Rotary Helps Town Go Green  

LADYSMITH, December 11, 2009 – Ladysmith’s newest green initiative is solar-heated hot water at City Hall. The new system was installed by JB Solar in partnership with the Rotary Club of Ladysmith. All three organizations believe that the highly visible location of City Hall will showcase the heater and encourage other Ladysmith citizens to ‘go solar.’

The heater was installed last month and has performed extremely well in testing since then.

"I am pleased to report that the only difference we have noticed in hot water at City Hall is in our heating bill," commented Mayor Hutchins as he accepted the guarantees for the new water heating system from representatives of JB Solar and the Rotary Club of Ladysmith.

"We estimate that the new solar water heater should save City Hall up to 80 per cent of their hot water heating costs," said Jon Bowers of JB Solar.

The Globe Solar Energy IP 195 Solar Collection System was donated to the Rotary Club of Ladysmith by manufacturer Globe Solar Energy. Rotary’s members decided to offer to have the system installed at City Hall.

"The obvious choice for installing the solar water heater was City Hall, because of the building’s visible location and Council’s commitment to sustainability," said Rotary’s Community Service Chair Mary Mulrooney.

Rotary member Dr. Marshall Butcher was on hand to help present the certificates to Mayor Hutchins.

"This project actually grew out of the first ever Ladysmith Green Fair," said Butcher, who was one of the Green Fair organizers along with fellow Leadership BC Ladysmith participants. "Rotarians wanted to do our part to help promote green living in Ladysmith, and this will certainly help."

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 left to right -- Mayor Rob Hutchins receives solar hot water heater certificates from (from left) Dr. Marshall Butcher, Rotary Club of Ladysmith, Rick Weatherhead, Globe Solar Energy (western Inc.) and Jon Bowers, JB Solar