On Dec. 2nd as part of your 36th annual Denman Craft Fair, we will be looking towards the future of our Island and the rest of the world, in unveiling our community electric car chargers.
In the past year, the Denman Hall has fundraised and got 60 solar panels on the roof of the 100-year-old building, to help to offset the electrical expenses of the hall and look forward in how the world’s energy supplies need to change.
We have installed three chargers, one for all makes and models of electric cars, and two Tesla chargers. The Tesla chargers were donated by the Tesla Corporation in lieu of their ramping production to try and make more affordable electric cars for the masses.
The general car charger was donated by Denman’s own Friesen Family Construction, who focus on more energy efficient building practices, including full Red Seal carpentry, along with hempcrete structures, passive solar and other ways to make houses more environmentally friendly.
We will have their Nissan Leaf plugged in, and a Tesla Model S there for folks to check out also plugged in to show off the chargers and current options for electric cars on the road today.
The charging stations are by donation, to share the power of the sun with the community and visitors alike. We will also have a representative of BC Hydro here to answer questions about the companies push towards more small-scale decentralized power production, and how they are working on the grid now to get it ready for the large influx of electric cars expected to start hitting the roadways by 2020.
We are happy to have The Christmas Craft Fair allow us to showcase our push towards renewable energy as it has always been a great location to buy recycled, up-cycled, and creative gifts for more than decades.