Suburbia goes solar

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Welcome to Drake Landing, North America’s first solar subdivision. Located in the ecological oasis of Okotoks, Alta., half an hour south of Calgary, it’s a study in contrasts. There are the requisite suburban trappings: square front lawns, white fences, two-car garages.
But the front yards are covered in wildflowers and creeping thyme, the white fences are only five feet high to encourage neighbourly banter, and the garages are topped with solar thermal panels that trap 90 per cent of the heat needed for the 52-home development.
Read the Globe’s full feature article

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