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Sustainable Energy in the News

The BC Sustainable Energy Association brings you the latest sustainable energy news from around the province and around the world.

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BCSEA calls on BCUC to facilitate EV fast charging stations by BC Hydro and FBC

March 28, 2019
William J. Andrews

BCSEA and SCBC submitted their final written argument in Phase Two of the BC Utilities Commission's inquiry into electric vehicle charging services (EVCS)  today.

Tell BC Hydro what you think about Net Metering changes - Deadline April 2nd.

March 21, 2019
BC Hydro

Tell BC Hydro what you think about Net Metering changes — Deadline April 2nd

Hello members,

BC Hydro has an online survey to get stakeholders’ opinions about some specific changes to its Net Metering program:


Take Survey Now


Seven essential books on energy and climate change

July 26, 2018
Blog on Medium.com

Looking for a summer read with a bit more substance than the latest mystery novel? These seven books are loaded with it. They probably won’t make you shiver, but they will give you insight into the greatest threat facing our planet as well as clear steps that can be taken to address it. Going for carbon neutrality would not only avert the suffering and deaths of million of people in the not-so-distant future, it would also save lives in the present.

A Global Biogas Revolution Is Taking Place

January 31, 2019
Medium - Blog

While solar PV and wind power are grabbing headlines, another clean energy revolution is silently taking place. From New York to Nairobi, from rural communities in China to the heart of the European Union, biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) solutions are becoming increasingly larger and more common.

BCSEA Response to the CleanBC Plan

February 8, 2019
Tom Hackey, BCSEA's Policy Advisor
CleanBC: a big step forward for climate action in BC

The BC Sustainable Energy Association commends the Government of BC for CleanBC, its latest update to BC’s climate action plan.


Summary highlights:

Upcoming Renewable Energy and Climate Action Events

December 19, 2017
Personal Communication
A snapshot by Ted Sheldon, Senior Clean Energy Advisor, Alternative Energy, Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, BC

BCSEA is pleased to welcome guest contributor, Ted Sheldon, to the BCSEA blog! Ted is Senior Clean Energy Advisor, Alternative Energy, Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, British Columbia. He has provided a snapshot of renewable energy events and resources in BC and outside BC and has graciously agreed to share his snapshot with BCSEA. Enjoy Part 1 of 2 installations, upcoming events:

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.

Vancouver’s SolShare Energy hopes to raise $1 million for community-owned solar-power projects

September 23, 2015
The Georgia Straight
Shareholders would receive dividends in return for “ethical investment”

Vancouver resident Rob Baxter says over one million people in Denmark are members of renewable-energy co-operatives.

The principal of the Vancouver Renewable Energy co-operative hopes the concept of community-owned energy projects will take off in British Columbia too.

Baxter told the Georgia Straight that VREC has establishedSolShare Energy, a subsidiary that will allow B.C. residents to buy shares and receive dividends from solar-power projects.

Sun smiles on prospects as Kimberley solar farm starts up

July 29, 2015
Vancouver Sun
Project is a joint venture that includes the city, landowner Teck and renewable energy non-profit

VANCOUVER — The builders of British Columbia’s first grid-scale solar
power plant in Kimberley named the project SunMine owing in part to its
location on a former mine site. But the operation is also finding more sun
to mine, exceeding initial expectations for electricity production.

Victoria condo powers up with strata-initiated solar project

June 13, 2015
TImes Colonist

A new solar panel system is covering the roof of a 64-unit Pembroke Street condominium building to help owners save on energy costs.

The installation on the Central Park condo appears to be a ground-breaking move for a Vancouver Island strata council.

In recent years, councils have been asking about the feasibility of installing solar electric panels, said Sandy Wagner, president of the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association.

“This is the first one that I know of,” Wagner said. “That’s fabulous for them.”