360 free air conditioning units distributed in first 6 weeks of B.C. program

With the province warning of an approaching heat wave, B.C. Hydro says about 360 portable air conditioning units have been installed so far under the $10-million program announced six weeks ago, aimed at protecting the most vulnerable British Columbians from extreme heat.

“Our team is working to ensure installation capacity keeps pace with demand,” said B.C. Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson.

“These installs will continue to increase week over week as we’re targeting installing up to 1,000 units per month as part of this three-year program.”

According to the public utility, 2,000 applications for a free air conditioning units have been approved so far, with 3,000 applications submitted as of Aug. 4.

On Thursday, provincial

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