While moderating an Enbridge Panel at the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) meeting in Smithers a month ago, Terrace Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Ron Poole had a chance encounter with Bob Gammer, BC Hydro’s Community Relations Manager. Gammer asked Poole if he wanted a brand new electric car.

Turns out BC Hydro was looking for a community to do a demonstration project and Terrace just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

The deal is the car must be out in open display under a light powered by renewable energy. Today Energy Alternatives Ltd’s, Owen Low, based out of Victoria with associate, Randy Rodgers from Smithers, set up 12 – 185 watt photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Terrace City Hall. These are Solar Electric panels that each deliver approximately 10 amps from the Ultra Violet rays of the sun.

The panels are tied directly into the grid via a power inverter, which converts the DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current). The inverter is capable of handling 2.8 kilowatts and currently the panel arrangement is capable of delivering 2.22 kilowatts. The light is already installed that will illuminate the car and it is a high efficiency AC powered LED (light emitting diode) assembly.

The Car has not been delivered as of yet, nor has the outlet been installed on the wall where it will be plugged in. The 12 solar panels are up however and are already connected to the grid. Terrace has just gone ‘Green’ in a very visible and remarkable manner. According to Poole we will be able to keep the car for the year. The panels however will stay with Terrace for the long term, a gift from BC Hydro.