The central core of downtown Victoria was a hive of pedestrian activity as Douglas Street was closed on Sunday, June 19th to make way for musicians, food vendors, artists and businesses and organizations of every description for the second annual Car Free Day.
The festive atmosphere resulted in a broad cross-section of the community visiting the BCSEA tent and keeping us all busy.
Some net metering customers in south-central BC suffered a rude shock this April, when Fortis applied to the Utilities Commission to slash the rates it pays its net metering customers for annual net electricity they supply to the grid.
Fortis wants to change the rules to reflect what it calls the original purpose of the net metering program: i.e., to enable customers to offset their own consumption with their own renewable generation, rather than to provide a revenue generating opportunity for program participants.
The Energy Forum, of which BCSEA is proud to be a member, has released this letter to Premier Christy Clark, urging her to take the Climate Leadership Team's recommendations seriously, and bring BC back to its status as a climate leader.
Imagine a world where the very roads you drive on power your home, where the sides of buildings produce clean, endless electricity. Better yet imagine a world where young adults, those bright minds faced with the great responsibility of shaping the future, are inspired to think of new ways to interweave renewable energy technology with everyday life. This is the vision of Dr. Michael Mehta, who leads Thompson Rivers University’s Solar Compass project.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held a film night on May 25. This was the latest in a monthly series called Films For Change, sponsored by the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and in its second year. The Sustainability Office provides the venue and marketing assistance for a sustainability-related community group to show a film every month. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the community group.
An estimated 784,000 homes in the United States rely on a solar energy system as the main source of energy for their home. The installation of solar panels by homeowners seems to be steadily increasing over time, and this can be largely attributed to advances in solar technology and the increasing availability and affordability of solar panels.