The Solar Compass at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) had its Grand Opening on November 2, a very snowy day in Kamloops. The Solar Compass and the nearby Solar Sidewalk are flagship projects, the first of this kind in Canada. Project lead Dr. Michael Mehta was joined by our major partners, TRU and Solar Earth Technologies (SET), along with other local partners and many of the 30-plus members of the project team.
The BC Sustainable Energy Association is looking to fill two contractor positions as Environmental Educator with the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program in Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District.
With the help of our mentors, volunteers, participants and sponsors, BCSEA Vancouver Chapter hosted its first Women in Sustainable Energy Networking (WISE) event on June 20, 2017. The event was to connect people seeking to enter careers related to sustainable energy with well-established women mentors in those fields. Judging by the turnout and many positive comments from the people who were there, this year’s WISE event was an overwhelming success!
Green living in British Columbia is more than just a passing fad: the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan outlines clear goals for reduced carbon emissions and a more sustainable future and applies to residential homeowners as well as corporations and industries. Whether your own personal desire to make your home more energy efficient stems from similar concerns about climate change, your family’s health, or simply reducing your monthly bills, going green just makes sense.
Early in 2016, the District of Saanich asked BCSEA’s Victoria Chapter to outline a pathway for Saanich to move to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. BCSEA presented its analysis to the public at its Big Town Hall in October 2016 and its Pathway report to Saanich Council in March 2017.
Can you join the solar energy revolution if you don’t have your own sun-exposed roof? Can you dip in, without having to spend big bucks for a complete system?
The Fortis electric utility in south-central BC wants its customers to be able to say “yes” to both questions.
Fortis is proposing a Community Solar Pilot Project that is now before the BC Utilities Commission for approval. The physical part of the project is a 720 panel, 240 kilowatt solar PV generating facility at the Ellison substation in the north end of Kelowna, estimated to cost $961,000.
On May 2nd, 2017, a public debate took place at Vancouver Public Library on the question of whether Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) would bring a net economic benefit to Canada, or would instead be a boondoggle – a useless waste of money.