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Cleantech

Solar Compass Project Moves Ahead

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon showcase a transformative new “solar roadway” technology, so new that it may be the first in Canada. A team of faculty, staff and students has learned that the Solar Compass project will receive funding of $36,000 from the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund and the project will now go ahead. The new technology involves thick glass plates that can be walked or driven on and have an embedded photovoltaic layer.

Is 100% Renewable Energy Possible? Ask the Danes.

As I outlined last week in my article, Fun with Numbers: Shaking the Fossil Fuel Addiction, four-fifths of BC’s energy needs are currently met by fossil fuel energy.

Fun with numbers: Shaking the fossil fuel addiction

There has been a lot in the news recently about the need to address climate change and reduce our carbon emissions, in BC, in Canada and around the world.

Okanagan Chapter Turns Heads with their Electric Vehicle Floats!

For the third time running, BCSEA Okanagan entered into the Vernon Winter Fair Parade this year. With this year's theme being Mardi Gras, they turned heads with their floats of 8 electric vehicles and their costumes, decked out in beads, glitz and glam.

Your Turn to Speak up on Climate Change – Third Time Lucky

Last August, we urgently appealed to you, our members, to show the government your support for effective action on climate change. The B.C. government had called for public comments on what should be in an updated B.C. Climate Leadership Plan (“CLP”), and the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris (“COP 21”) created the expectation (since confirmed) of a growing global consensus that all the world needs to act urgently to minimize harmful climate change.

Journey to the Future Book Launch

BCSEA Victoria chapter hosted the book launch for Guy Dauncey’s new work of fiction “Journey to the Future” on January 23, 2016, in James Bay.

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BCSEA Kamloops Speaks Up On Trans Mountain Pipeline

Why would another pipeline be needed when we’re in the beginning stages of a global transition to renewable energy?  That’s what the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA Kamloops) has said in its letter to the National Energy Board (NEB).  We invite you to read the attached letter with its two appendices, below.

Business Members! Join BCSEA at the 2015 Vancouver Home and Design Show

October 22-25, 2015 | Vancouver Convention Centre

As a business member of BCSEA you have an opportunity to join us and exhibit at the 2015 Vancouver Home + Design Show - October 22-25, 2015 - in our sustainable energy feature area.

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community. 

The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey.

Next week, we will report back on your responses.

Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy

Solar tech

April 6, 2015
Ensia

Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid” are helping to perfect a new technique of making silicon wafers, the workhorse of today’s solar panels. If all goes well, the new method could cut the cost of solar power by more than 20 percent in the next few years.