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Can Vancouver *Really* Become a 100% Renewable Energy City?

In March, motivated by the climate crisis, Vancouver City Council took the bold step of declaring that Vancouver would become a 100% Renewable Energy City, obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources, and asked its staff to get back to them by fall with a clear articulation of the date by when it might be feasible. The city's staff, in turn, are seeking the public's input, using the hashtag #VAN100RE.

Solar on a Strata - Engineering Approval

PV1-2012: Structural Seismic Requirements and Commentary for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Arrays
Engineers Approve the Design

Note: this is just one chapter in Solar on a Strata?

Before anyone installs equipment on the roof of our existing building, we have to know that it will be safe.


Of course, the wiring must be safe, but that is ensured by the Electrical Code, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) testing of the components,
the training and experience of our licensed electrician, and the local electrical inspector.

The Top Ten Reasons Why People Love the Electric Car

What’s not to love about an electric car? If you want to go on a hot electric vehicle date, go to the Electric Vehicle Fair 2015 at Science World in the evening of Friday April 24th, organized by the Vancouver Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association.

Electric Cars 2015 — Prices, Efficiency, Range, Pics, More

Renault Twizy

February 16, 2015
EV Obsession

Wondering what electric cars are on the market or soon will be? Wonder no more. I’m going to run down all of them in the article below. I will also add a few key details and commentary for each one (including prices, efficiency, range, and # of seats when such information is available).

Huge Electric Car Purchase Rebates Returning To British Columbia

Modo Electric Vehicle in Vancouver

March 29, 2015
Clean Technica

The Canadian province of British Columbia will once again soon be home to a purchase rebate program for electric cars — the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive program, to be specific — according to recent reports.The incentive program will go back into effect starting on April 1st — so, only a few days from now. Good news for British Columbians considering purchasing an electric car!

EV Battery Prices, Battery Lifetime, & Battery Breakthroughs

Tesla Model S

March 30, 2015
Clean Technica

This week’s Cleantech Talk news episode is something like a “battery special.” Chris DeMorro and I talk about new research highlighting the fast-dropping price of electric vehicle batteries, the wide variation in the lifetimes of different lithium-ion cells, and VW’s stake in solid-state battery startup QuantumScape. We started off the show chatting about new research highlighting a “hidden benefit” of EVs. Enjoy the show, and chime in down in the comments, or in the comments of the articles about these topics, if you want to carry on the conversation.

Your EV Battery Lifespan Might Last Longer Than You Think

Nissan Leaf

March 31, 2015
Clean Technica

A fresh look at actual driving records has yielded a surprising (to some) conclusion about the useful lifespan of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Conventional wisdom has it that EV drivers will ditch their ride after the battery loses 20% of its storage capacity, but our friends over at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at actual driving records and they say that if you are a typical EV owner, you’re not going to feel the difference.

Electric Car Demand Growing, Global Market Hits 740,000 Units

Top electric car countries. Total = number of electric cars on the road on January 1, 2015.

March 28, 2015
Clean Technica

Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing around the world fairly rapidly, according to new analysis from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research — with more than 320,000 new EV registrations in 2014, bringing the total global market up to 740,000 vehicles.

Alongside that, battery suppliers saw strong growth — with total revenue hitting €2 billion ($2.17 billion), according the German research company behind the analysis.

Floating Solar - A Crazy Big Idea?


This is a crazy big idea. But how crazy?

In Japan, Kyocera is building a 13.5 MW floating solar PV plant on a reservoir behind the Yamakura Dam, east of Tokyo, in partnership with the French company Ciel & Terre. When completed in March 2016 it will cover 44.5 acres and power nearly 5,000 energy-conserving Japanese households.[1]

Note: This is not a BCSEA position — just a personal essay exploring a possible new approach. 

Solar on a Strata - Our Vote

Proposal passes 3/4 vote

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.

My goal with this blog is to provide a 'road map' for other stratas, so I'm going to go into the details here.