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Sustainable Energy

Pass the Baton: The Clean Energy Economy is Ready

Or as Upworthy would say:

“Look how rapidly the clean energy economy is growing.

You’ll be amazed.”


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Can we live without the tar sands, the oil and gas pipelines, the oil tankers, the fracking and the coal-fired power? Can we live without our gas-heated homes and factories, and our oil-powered planes, ships, trucks, trains and automobiles?

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)


Building a Passive House: What Did I Miss?

Every month, the BCSEA hosts a Climate and Energy Solutions Webinar, and we had a great one on Tuesday Nov 12th.

Rob Bernhardt, who with his son Mark has just built their own two-family Passive House in Saanich, gave us a detailed tour of the building process, showing us what make their’s a passive house that uses 90% less energy than a regular house. Yes, 90% less energy. Their heating bill for October to keep the house at a cozy 21 degrees cost them all of $20.

Why German Solar Is So Much Cheaper Than U.S. Solar

October 26, 2013
Clean Technica

The whole “Why is German solar about half the price of U.S. solar?” question is one of the most important solar questions of the day. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has probably most extensively studied this matter. In a recently updated version of its analysis, LBNL examines why a residential German solar system goes for $3.00/watt and a residential U.S. solar system goes for $6.19/watt.

Sechelt Creek Hydro Project

On a Friday in early September, I was given a blanket and sixteen quarters to witness the celebration of a small hydro-electric power project on Sechelt Creek, and the sight of twenty thousand pink salmon spawning in the lower reach of the creek and an artificial spawning channel. Why does this matter?

Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs

August 26, 2013
Clean Technica

Several years ago, Tony Seba, an energy expert from Stanford University, published a book called Solar Trillions, predicting how solar technologies would redefine the world’s energy markets and create an investment opportunity worth tens of trillions of dollars.

Solar ‘Is Going to Overtake Everything’

August 21, 2013
Greentech Media

 If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of rapidly changing electricity landscape, they should talk to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

“Solar is growing so fast it is going to overtake everything,” Wellinghoff told GTM last week in a sideline conversation at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

If a single drop of water on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium is doubled every minute, Wellinghoff said, a person chained to the highest seat would be in danger of drowning in an hour.

B.C. can meet its clean energy needs with six power guidelines

July 22, 2013
Vancouver Sun

British Columbia is on the cusp of unprecedented economic development driven by the export of liquefied natural gas, upstream oil and gas and new mines.

The energy requirement to power northern development will be challenging; three or four major LNG projects alone could require electricity supply equivalent to 50 per cent of what BC Hydro and the clean energy sector produces for the grid today.

The government has set as a goal that B.C. will have the cleanest LNG in the world.

Six factors need to be considered:

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

July 16, 2013

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion batteries yet. The super li-on batteries herald a bright future for energy storage systems, and in an electric vehicle they’re expected to retain 85% of their capacity after being charged every day for “about 27.4 years.”

Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative

May 24, 2013
Sören Harder Spiegel

 An American couple has found a surprising alternative to conventional asphalt motorways: solar road panels. In addition to providing electricity, saving oil and melting fresh snow, it could also prevent accidents.


A lot of thought is put into how much energy we use to drive from point A to B. But what if the road itself could generate energy? Julie and Scott Brusaw, a married couple from Sandpoint, Idaho, have taken on just such a concept, which they hope will make the auto transport of the future cleaner and safer.