When Askew’s CEO David Askew began planning the Uptown store, he knew he wanted it to be as energy efficient as possible. Back in 2010, Askew applied for a BC Hydro grant designed to assist business with the extra cost of energy efficiency. BC Hydro engineers, Nikolay Smirnov and Jiang Tao were in Salmon Arm recently to inspect the Askew installation. With the prospect of a grant of $125,000, Askew’s implemented a total of 14 energy saving measures that had been identified in an energy study. “We have even made provision to share excess energy from the store with future buildings on the site,” says Askew.
Askew’s is pleased to be the first supermarket chain in the province that BC Hydro has considered for this new construction grant.