Solar Energy

Why Solar Hot Water Systems Are a Good Hedge Against Rising Energy Prices

David Dodge | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

While some might turn their noses up at the current economics of solar thermal hot water systems less developed countries without our huge natural gas grid are jumping all over the opportunity. China has by far the most installed capacity with 117,600 megawatts of domestic solar thermal hot water systems as of 2010.

How Solar Power is Driving Costs Down For Canada's Farmers

David Dodge | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

"God hates cowards." That's how Bob Sargent, a farmer who also runs an oilfield services company and serves as a local councillor explains why he ma...

The MacGyver of Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

It's one thing for SolarShare to get $3 million worth of solar projects going in Ontario under that provinces feed-in tariff program but it's quite another thing altogether to start a community solar program in small town Alberta with no government support. And yet that's exactly where some pretty amazing green energy innovation is occurring.

The Power of Passive Solar and Thermal Mass

David Dodge | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The Ancient Pueblo peoples got free heating and cooling at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in what's now Colorado and they did it without electricity, insulation, natural gas, air conditioning or modern building techniques. Contrast that with modern homes built in Edmonton, Vancouver or Toronto today.

What Killed China's Renewable Energy Industry?

Patricia Adams | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Business
Patricia Adams

China's aggressive push to "green" its economy and become the world leader in renewable energy is admired by many commentators in the West. Those admirers need to look again; after years of over-development in the face of decreasing demand, China's renewable energy market is on life support, barely kept alive by government subsidies.

Join the Cheap Solar Revolution

David Dodge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Soon, it won't make sense to not have solar on your house, on your office or on any spare building that faces South. It's simple math. The cost of electricity is going up while the cost of solar is going down. Way down. Thirty-five years ago a watt of solar photovoltaic power cost $75. Now it costs $0.75.

Finding Renewable Energy is Important But Storing It is Crucial Too

Bill Radvak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Radvak

With the right technology, solar energy can be stored during the middle of the day and shifted for use whenever it is needed. In remote microgrid and island grid systems, PV energy generation combined with energy storage can become the primary source of power, relegating diesel generators to a back-up role and resulting in an energy ecosystem that is more reliable, sustainable and affordable.

Morgan Solar: The Canadian Solar Company With a Sunny Future

David Dodge | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

"Morgan Solar has reinvented solar power with an optic that takes all the incident sunlight and drops it onto a very small, very efficient chip. End of the day, they will be in the market in 2014 with the cheapest solar power on the planet. That's a game changer."

How Can We Store Renewable Energy?

David Dodge | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers all over the world are beavering away, trying to find an answer to a multi-billion dollar question: How do you cheaply and reliably store energy for the grid? In Canada we've got many entrepreneurs working on figuring out energy storage.

One Way to Create Peace in the Middle East

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Karin Kloosterman

I don't know anything about bulls, and bears, candlesticks or hanging men, but as a resident of the Middle East I can testify that green technologies make nations and communities proud to be part of them. Green technologies make places better. Solar projects change people too: they bring jobs, and sweep away pollution. They give security to people without energy security.

How Distributed Generation is Revolutionizing Energy in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The transmission grid remains the inflexible behemoth it was 50 years ago. The central idea of distributed generation -- where nimble, low-cost generators generate electricity where you need it -- is the equivalent of going from mainframe computer that takes up half a building to an iPad.

Making Entrepreneurs out of Indian Housewives

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png I believe that women entrepreneurship will not only give a boost to the economy by increasing the number of employed people and leading towards a more gender-equal growth. Not being financially independent is one of the main factors that prove as a hindrance in self-empowerment of women, especially in patriarchal societies like India.

The Next Big Thing in Green Power: Community Ownership

Ron Seftel | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Ron Seftel

Any socially transformative movement gets to a point where it needs to be fully embraced by the people it impacts. The green power movement within Canada is at just such a point. The past decade has seen an increase in the number of options available to Canadians to support renewable energy -- often associated with a premium cost to the consumer.

Ontario's Head-in-the-Sand Green Energy Policy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Earlier this month the Fraser Institute published a report sharply critical of one of the flagship policies of the Ontario government, namely the Ontario Green Energy Act (GEA). Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli dismissed it out of hand. What makes the Minister's response most disturbing is that it is so disconnected from reality.

The Sunny T'Sou-ke First Nation Loves Solar Power

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The T'Sou-ke First Nation developed a community plan that led them to build the largest solar photovoltaic project in B.C. and cut their energy use by 75 per cent. With this vision in place the T'Sou-ke tackled the challenge of energy self-sufficiency with gusto. A few years ago they installed 75-kilowatts of solar PV on several buildings.

Sunny Days Ahead For Solar In Alberta

David Dodge | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

If Alberta devotes even a portion of the brains, money and time it devoted to turning the oilsands into a useable resource to doing the same with solar, we might be onto something. Alberta has certainly taken a lot of black eyes for the way it develops its non-renewable resources, developing it's other greatest natural resource might be a way to address them.

Light Up Alberta Doubles Down on Solar Electricity in Alberta

David Dodge | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

To Warren Sarauer putting a solar electric system on his roof was a no-brainer but when some innovative electricity retailers in Alberta decided to offer almost double the going rate for his exported solar energy he was ecstatic. Sarauer is a big solar energy supporter - through his company Evergreen and Gold Renewable Energy he puts renewable energy systems into people's homes. But last year he tackled a project that would set an example for his clients, he built a net-zero office.

The Man Coming Up With Sunny Solutions

David Dodge | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to solar panel manufacturing the laws of supply and demand may as well be Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Just ask the former president of one of the largest solar photo-voltaic module manufacturers in Canada. He's an affable, friendly guy who got started in the solar industry 24 years ago.

Solar Bonds are Heating up the Investment Market

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Business
David Dodge

It might actually be easier to fit a camel through the eye of a needle than to find investments that not only produce a healthy return but also contribute to a better society. Enter Solar Bonds from SolarShare in Ontario. The investment side is solid. A $1,000 bond has a return of five per cent for five years. The kicker? That money is invested in getting solar energy projects up and running in Ontario.

Living Off-Grid in Ontario [VIDEO]

Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Impact
Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

Follow along the journey of two off-gridders from rural Ontario as they demonstrate the functioning of a few domestic technologies and reflect on the off-grid lifestyle. In this short video Murray and Nan show you what it's like to live a life you might be struggling to imagine!

Big Oil's Plan to Crush Green Energy

Adam Scott | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Adam Scott

A confidential memo proposing a massive fossil-fuel corporation funded campaign to build opposition against wind power was uncovered this week. As our transition to using windmills, solar panels and electric vehicles gains momentum, it's easy to see how peddlers of oil and coal might be freaked out. What if we don't want to buy what they are selling anymore?

Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

Keith Brooks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

For decades, people have argued that we must choose between good work and a clean environment. But that argument just doesn't hold up anymore. We need a functioning economy with good jobs, and a clean environment, which is what is meant by the term green economy.

Dalton McGuinty Thinks Money Grows on Trees

David Frum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
David Frum

The McGuinty version of fiscal austerity includes green-jobs boondoggles. Ontarians must overpay twice for energy: once in the form of huge overpayments to uncompetitive solar and wind producers, and then again in the form of subsidies to companies that manufacture the components for solar and wind.