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A Visit to the Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes Exhibition

Thompson Rivers University student finds inspiration at the Superheroes Exhibition

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Have you ever wondered how to improve the present and the future in an incredible way? It sounds like a lot of work, but in fact it’s easier that you thought. As everyday citizens, we can really make a difference.

The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter has organized an inspiring exposition about the people in and around Kamloops, who have reduced their footprint substantially with the use of alternative energy.

BCSEA Kamloops' Superheroes Interviews

Kamloops Sustainability Leaders Share Their Thoughts

When the team led by Kamloops resident and BCSEA local chapter volunteer James Gordon started working on the ‘Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes’ project, the expectation was that they would deliver a well-rounded exhibit of good sustainable deeds in the community. Pretty straightforward, right?

Energy Connections 2017 - Learn how you can do more with less, at Session 3

With Session 1 focusing on the political landscape of renewable energy and Session 2 looking into renewable energy success stories, Session 3 of Energy Connections 2017 will dive into the realm of energy conservation and efficiency. In simple terms, the concepts of conservation and efficiency can be summed up as: “doing more with less”.

Energy Connections 2017 - What's Happening in Session One

First up on Energy Connections’ agenda will be a dialogue between representatives from different levels of government, First Nations and industry, on the current state of policies and programs surrounding sustainable energy in BC. The objective of this first session is give a clear understanding of the high-level framework of policies currently in place in BC.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: BCSEA pushes better net metering rules

‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ BCSEA and Sierra Club BC told the BC utilities commission in a late September argument on FortisBC’s electricity net metering program. FortisBC wants approval to ban net metering customers from having generating equipment big enough to regularly generate an annual surplus of net energy. BCSEA and Sierra Club told the regulator that an annual net surplus is not a problem. In fact, they said, it is highly desirable, assuming the price is reasonable and the equipment is below the maximum 50 kW generator size.

Solar on a Strata - It's Just Routine!

Running for over a year

Note: This is another entry in the 'Solar on a Strata' blog series. 

There are a lot of random topics to catch up on in five months.   

Solar on a Strata - Spring Cleaning

Bucket and broom beside PV panels

Note: This is another entry in the 'Solar on a Strata' blog series.

When we installed the panels on Central Park, we expected to clean them annually at the same time as windows and skylights. 

The panels have a type of glass designed to shed dust, and generally the rains have kept them pretty clean, with the exception of a few bird droppings. 

Clean Energy through Communities with BC Hydro's Micro-SOP Program

Last month in downtown Vancouver, BC took a modest step toward what could expand into a significant community renewable energy program.

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BC Hydro unveiled what it calls its Micro- Standing Offer Program, or Micro-SOP to a room full of independent power developers, first nations representatives and energy policy people.

Calling ‘Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes’!

Local group seeks public submissions for new exhibition at Kamloops Art Gallery

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is excited to announce a new exhibition which will highlight and celebrate people who use sustainable energy resources and functions on a regular basis. Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes will take place January 14th to March 18th, 2017 at the free BMO Open Gallery of the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG).

Solar on a Strata - 2015 Summary

Chart showing PV electrical output for 2015
Still a bit ahead of predicted output

Note: This is another entry in the 'Solar on a Strata' blog series

This chart summarises electricity output for each month of 2015, starting with when we turned on the system June 11.