Kimberley Sunmine Continues to Win Awards


The Kimberley Sunmine continues to win awards and accolades on a national level for providing clean energy. Most recently the Sunmine was selected as one of the top 15 green projects by the Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization.

Kimberley receives 300 days of annual sunshine, making it a perfect location for solar power. During the first year of operation, the Sunmine generated 997 MWh of electricity which resulted in the avoidance of 604 tonnes of CO2 while earning $195,730 in revenue.

The project began commercial operations in June 2015, becoming the first large-scale grid-connected solar facility in Western Canada to utilize solar tracking technology.

Since operations began the Kimberley Sunmine has won the following:

  • Community of the Year Award by Clean Energy BC, 2015
  • 2015 Community Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation in Green Initiatives from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)
  • 2016 Sustainability Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
  • 2016 National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement from Engineers Canada
  • 2017 Clean 50 award for Top 15 Sustainability-Oriented Project

City of Kimberley’s CAO Scott Sommerville said of the awards, “The City of Kimberley is very honoured by the awards and attention that the SunMine has received. The project simultaneously promotes our community’s environmental values, our entrepreneurial daring, and our sunny climate to the rest of Canada.”