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BC Solar Days

Join in the 2010 Solar Days fun on May 28, 29 and take your friends and family on an interactive Solar Tour of installs in your neighbourhood!

BC Solar Days

View SolarBC's Google map for over 38 solar tour site destinations and click on the arrow for directions to the house. Once there, you can gain first hand experience from homeowners who've installed solar hot water. Find out about their install and see how their system works. And while you're there pick up some free Solar Days giveaways and SolarBC information material.

Solar Energy? Count the Barriers!

Barrier-busting is something the BCSEA works hard at - there’s nothing more frustrating than running into a long line of regulatory obstacles and ditches, when all you want to do is build the greenest house possible, or install a solar panel or a wind turbine.

If you’re a 110-metres hurdler, jumping hurdles is what you do. But must hurdling also be a required sport for BC’s renewable energy champions, who are working so hard to create a better world for their grandchildren?

Old-time attitudes and regulations are making life hard for small-scale renewables in BC. That’s why the BCSEA is launching the Small Scale Renewable Energy Barriers Project. The project targets ten frustrating barriers, proposes solutions, and aims to bring government and business representatives together to eliminate them.

Broad energy vision would engage us all

British Columbia's Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom lays out the stimulus part of a vision for a clean energy future but the other shoe has yet to drop. Energy buffs want to know if the upcoming Clean Energy Act will embody a broad energy vision for B.C. or simply support renewable energy developers.

A broad vision could set us on course for profound changes in the way we use energy, positioning us for a future dominated by higher energy prices, greater restrictions on fossil fuel use and urgent action to minimize the CO2 emissions that drive climate change.

This vision will not initially be comfortable. We have grown accustomed to abundant, cheap energy at the flick of a switch, while ignoring the real costs and side-effects of its production. But the broad vision will ultimately be more satisfying because it will engage us all in the choices that face us, rather than insulating us and disengaging us as passive consumers.