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Swanson’s Law and Making US Solar Scale Like Germany

November 24, 2014
Greentechsolar
Can the U.S. halve the price of solar?

Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same. 

America Could Get 10 Percent Of Its Energy From Solar Power By 2030

November 20, 2014
Climate Progress

Today, America gets 0.23% of its electricity from solar PV. By 2030, it could be getting 10%. 

Amazing? Not if solar PV continues to grow in installed capacity at the current 22% a year, driven by rapidly falling prices.

 

BCSEA Victoria Chapter Speakers Series

2014 - 2015

BCSEA Victoria Chapter will be hosting a series of six talks on key energy issues facing Canada, including an all-candidates meeting.

Buying an EV: It Ain’t Easy Buying Green

In the spring of 2013, I made a big promise to myself.  I would own an electric vehicle (EV) by the time I turned 50.  Since I was the New Year’s baby in Wiliams Lake in 1964, that left me approximately 8 months to accomplish the feat.  Easy peasy, right?

Turns out I was being overly optimistic.  

What was the hitch, you ask?  Can’t you just pop down to a dealer, pick your favourite colour, sign the credit card slip, and drive away (silently)?

The world conspires against EV owners, I’ve learned -- at least this part of the world (I live in Kamloops, BC).  

A New Tool for Electricity Savings

It’s now possible to log into your online account with BC Hydro and see on the screen how much electricity you’re using on a daily and hourly basis. I live in a 2-bedroom condo apartment with electric baseboard heaters and an electric hot water tank. Heating the home in the winter always adds up to a higher electricity bill, of course. But now that I can see the hourly electricity consumption, it’s clear that hot water is one of our big electricity hogs too.

Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

January 16, 2014
Washington Post

 

It’s hard to argue against Elon Musk being one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our era, responsible for bringing to market such innovative companies as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. But it’s his role as chairman and primary shareholder in SolarCity — a solar energy company run by his cousins – that’s getting a lot of attention these days. SolarCity went public in 2012 at $8 a share and now trades at close to $70. That’s nearly a 10x investment in just two years. (Just look at that beautiful chart)

 

Celebrating a Greener Holiday

By Kate Wilczac

The winter holidays are truly a wonderful time, when we stop our busy lives to celebrate with family and friends and bring light and green things into our homes during the darkest days of the year.  Our spirit of giving can sometimes lead to excess, however, when faced with the post-Christmas morning mess of heaps of wrapping paper, discarded plastic toys and junky ornaments ready to be tossed in the trash. Here are some tips to help keep your Christmas less wasteful and more sustainable.