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