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Solar PV

Solar on a Strata - Spring Cleaning

Bucket and broom beside PV panels

Note: This is another entry in the 'Solar on a Strata' blog series.

When we installed the panels on Central Park, we expected to clean them annually at the same time as windows and skylights. 

The panels have a type of glass designed to shed dust, and generally the rains have kept them pretty clean, with the exception of a few bird droppings. 

Clean Energy through Communities with BC Hydro's Micro-SOP Program

Last month in downtown Vancouver, BC took a modest step toward what could expand into a significant community renewable energy program.

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BC Hydro unveiled what it calls its Micro- Standing Offer Program, or Micro-SOP to a room full of independent power developers, first nations representatives and energy policy people.

Solar Compass Project Moves Ahead

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon showcase a transformative new “solar roadway” technology, so new that it may be the first in Canada. A team of faculty, staff and students has learned that the Solar Compass project will receive funding of $36,000 from the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund and the project will now go ahead. The new technology involves thick glass plates that can be walked or driven on and have an embedded photovoltaic layer.

Fun with numbers: Shaking the fossil fuel addiction

There has been a lot in the news recently about the need to address climate change and reduce our carbon emissions, in BC, in Canada and around the world.

Okanagan Chapter Turns Heads with their Electric Vehicle Floats!

For the third time running, BCSEA Okanagan entered into the Vernon Winter Fair Parade this year. With this year's theme being Mardi Gras, they turned heads with their floats of 8 electric vehicles and their costumes, decked out in beads, glitz and glam.

Electricity is in the air, and on the roads

Battery powered electric vehicles are a hot topic in British Columbia.

Solar on a Strata - 2015 Summary

Chart showing PV electrical output for 2015
Still a bit ahead of predicted output

Note: This is another entry in the 'Solar on a Strata' blog series

This chart summarises electricity output for each month of 2015, starting with when we turned on the system June 11. 

Gold Bridge Community Complex Solar Installation

Novo Solar recently completed a solar installation in the centre of Gold Bridge, BC at the Community Centre and Library. With a large SW facing metal roof sloped at about 25 degrees off horizontal, to which a solar PV array could be secured, Novo Solar Systemswas contracted to design and install a grid connected, solar panel array. The Novo Solar Team first installed the FastRack systems to the roof. Then we attached 24 photovoltaic panels and wired them up to provide 6kW of power.

Bullfrog Power and BC’s Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation partner on school solar project

October 28, 2015
Bullfrog Power Website

Vancouver—Today, Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is announcing a partnership with the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation to develop the Klemtu Solar Project on a school rooftop in Klemtu, located on British Columbia’s Central Coast.