In February 2009, Delta was the first municipality in Metro Vancouver to install a solar hot water system on a municipal hall. The solar hot water system provides more than 60 percent of Delta Municipal Hall's hot water requirements. Partial funding was obtained from Natural Resources Canada and Solar BC.
In summer 2014, Ladner Leisure Centre switched to cleaner energy with the installation of solar collector tubes. The evacuated solar collector tubes provide a source of heat for the facility and pool, producing an estimated 336 gigajoules (GJ) of clean energy each year. Solar energy collectors have also been installed at Ladner Outdoor Pool, and will be installed at North Delta Outdoor Pool as part of the North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion. Funding for these projects was made possible by grants from the Federal Gas Tax Innovations Fund and Solar BC.
On May 29, 2010, Delta was formally designated a Solar Community by the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum.
Solar BC Program
Solar hot water systems, the technology promoted and utilized by the Solar BC Program, offset regular natural gas consumption by heating and/or preheating water through the conversion of energy from the sun to heat via solar collectors mounted on roofs. Reducing natural gas consumption saves money and greenhouse gases.
Solar energy comes from radiation generated by the sun in addition to visible sunlight. This means that solar hot water systems will work on cloudy days and throughout the winter.