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July 03, 2018
Are you up to the solar challenge?

Sixteen local residents or businesses will have an opportunity to receive up to $1,000 by achieving net-zero electricity through Oxford County’s Solar Oxford Challenge

Oxford County is asking residents “are you up to the solar challenge?” The County is launching the Solar Oxford Challenge, an initiative that encourages up to 16 local residents or businesses to achieve net-zero electricity by reducing their electricity consumption and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to offset remaining energy usage. Oxford County’s Solar Oxford Challenge will award up to $1,000 to each participant that achieves net-zero electricity within one year.

“Net zero” means that all of the electricity consumed is equal to or less than the electricity created from a renewable energy resource, which – in this case – will be the solar panel systems. By reducing individual electricity demand and opting for renewable energy sources, Oxford County residents and businesses can take part in the global shift towards renewable energy while cutting long-term electricity costs. 

Any homeowner or business owner currently residing in any of Oxford County’s eight municipalities can apply to the Solar Oxford Challenge until July 31, 2018. A brochure and application form, along with local lending supports and community contacts can be accessed at

The Solar Oxford Challenge is an opportunity to help educate residents and businesses in more detail about renewable energy, helping them to become energy independent, while supporting goals laid out by Oxford County in the Draft 100% Renewable Energy Plan and the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.


Jay Heaman, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Oxford County

“The Solar Oxford Challenge is for anyone that has ever considered installing a solar PV system at their home or business, but have hesitated due to the cost. By cutting initial electricity demand in half and relying on the solar PV system, participants have the potential to reduce their long-term electricity costs while dramatically reducing their carbon footprint.”

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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