Locals take on the Dragon

Vernon’s Sun Flare Systems will find out tonight whether they will be chosen for the upcoming Future Now episode on the show Dragons’ Den.

Vernon’s Sun Flare Systems will find out tonight whether they will be chosen for the upcoming Future Now episode on the popular CBC television show Dragons’ Den.

The program airs at 8 p.m., and unlike the usual format in the den, the Dragons will not invest their own money, nor take an equity position, in the winning innovation. Instead, Shell Canada will provide a $100,000 investment to help foster Canadian energy innovation.

Sun Flare Systems, a family business started three years ago by Matthew, Joel and Diane Siegler, is one of three finalists for the Future Now episode. They began producing SOS (Solar Operation Simply) in a Box, a solar disaster kit that will generate power anywhere there is available ultraviolet light.

The kit’s thin-film solar modules are durable, yet flexible enough to be rolled up and squeezed into a weatherproof Stanley Tool box. Because the unit weighs less than 50 pounds, it can be transported on airlines.

“This will be a show that the Okanagan will remember for our energy innovation in providing green alternatives,” said Matthew. “This is something every household should hear about.”