Renewable Energy  – To install or not?

Solar panels on Mountainside Community Centre

Have you installed renewable energy technology at your home, business or cottage? If so, we would like to hear from you! Was your experience positive or negative? What motivated you to try renewable energy?

And if you haven’t installed renewable energy, that’s okay. We would still like to hear from you too. What is stopping you from installing renewable energy measures? What would it take for you to consider the installation?

The City has partnered with the Engineering and Public Policy, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology program at McMaster University to research best practices and opportunities to support the adoption of renewable energy in Burlington. As part of this research, we have posted a survey on until June 7, 2022 to understand the attitudes and experiences of Burlington residents in installing (or are contemplating installing) renewable energy options.

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is energy produced from sources like the sun and wind that are naturally replenished and do not run out. Renewable energy can be used for electricity generation, space and water heating and cooling, and transportation.

What is non-renewable energy?

Non-renewable energy, in contrast, comes from finite sources such as fossil fuels like coal and oil. The burning of these fuels create energy for heat (buildings, water) generating electricity and powering vehicles, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.

Why are we working on this project?

Burlington has set a target to become a net carbon neutral community by 2050. To achieve this, we need to scale up the use of renewables in our community, building on other actions such as integrated, sustainable transportation options, electric mobility and equipment, home energy efficiency retrofits and low carbon new building standards. 

The City is taking action on climate change through the Climate Action Plan (a plan to reduce community based greenhouse gas emissions), the Corporate Energy & Emissions Management Plan (a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from City operations), and Climate Resilient Burlington (to improve resiliency of City operations and the community – final plan will be presented in July 2022). 

Take Action Burlington! Let’s learn from each other’s experience to help transition our community to cleaner energy. Collectively we can make a difference.

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