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Gauntlet drops for Earth Hour Challenge

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 17th, 2011

Millions of people from more than 92 countries around the world — including thousands of people from the West Kootenay — will turn out their lights for Earth Hour.

The City of Nelson and Nelson Hydro will arrange to shut off almost all lighting at City-owned facilities and buildings, as well as Baker Street decorative lighting, walkway lighting, park lighting, power plant lights, substation lights and are encouraging customers to switch off, or unplug non-essential electricity on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

FortisBC is again sponsoring an Earth Hour Community Challenge to encourage customers to pledge that they will turn off all non-essential lighting, appliances and electronics in their homes and businesses. 

Homeowners and businesses can pledge their participation by visiting the FortisBC website at or by calling FortisBC at 1-866-436-7847. 

Everyone who makes the formal pledge to turn off non-essential electricity during Earth Hour will be entered to win a weekend getaway at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna and increase their community’s chances to win a $5,000 energy savings upgrade for a worthy non-profit organization in their community — which in Nelson’s case is the Nelson Cares Society.  

The City of Nelson and Nelson Hydro are challenging all customers to participate in Earth Hour, improve on last year’s energy consumption reduction of three per cent, and to register their pledge for FortisBC’s Earth Hour Community Challenge for the opportunity of winning the $5,000 energy savings upgrade for the Nelson Cares Society. 

If you have any questions, call the Nelson Hydro administration line at 352-8240. More information on how to participate can be found at


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