Oliver food bank powers up with solar panel donation

The Oliver Food Bank will reduce its' hydro useage by 10 per cent after receiving a donation of solar panels from an Oliver business.
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PENTICTON - The Oliver Food Bank will be saving on their electrical bills thanks to the generosity of a local firm.

Argon Solar of Oliver recently donated two solar panels to the food bank, which will provide 10 per cent of the food bank’s electrical needs over the next 25 years.

Dave Malmberg, manager of Argon Solar, says 20 panels could supply enough solar power to cover 100 per cent of the food bank’s electrical energy needs. He hopes others in the community will rally around the cause and donate additional panels.

Oliver Food Bank Treasurer Jim Ouellette says he sees the solar panels as a 'donation with a difference,' in that it will benefit the food bank not only now but in the future as well.

“If we can encourage other organizations to find ways to purchase a panel, we can reduce our electric bill to just about nil, and contribute our little bit to improve and care for the environment,” Ouellette adds.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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