Solar Energy

The Sun In The Centre: Airplane Solar Impulse Makes History

Marco Morosini | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Morosini

Put the sun at the glowing heart of progress! This is the message of Solar Impulse. For two centuries technological civilization has revolved around the energy of fossil fuels, but now humankind has the capability and knowledge to make the energy of the sun the centre of its development.

How This Tiny N.W.T. Town Is Leading The Way On Solar Energy

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Impact

While the rest of Canada talks and talks about reducing reliance on fossil fuels, one town is actually doing it.

Greening Alberta's Building Sector Can Stimulate Its Economy

Duncan Kinney | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Business
Duncan Kinney

Greening the building sector is one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial ways to reduce energy demand and emissions while also supporting climate adaptation and resilience. These solutions exist and can be put into action right now. It's also a solid way to get a moribund economy moving.

Dispelling 7 Solar Energy Myths

David Dodge | Posted 02.11.2017 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The myths we are concerned about, the ones of dubious value, are crazy stories that are passed off as facts when talking about solar energy. To get to the bottom of these solar myths we talked to Gordon Howell, a solar expert with Howell-Mayhew Engineering.

France's 1,000-Kilometre Solar Road Will Power Millions Of Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Living

That's one household powered for every four metres of Wattway,or less than the length of a mid-size car.

We Are Entering The Sustainable Energy Age

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have such a grand, evocative ring, and they include a goal on energy, a huge concern for everyone's future. So what does the goal ask for -- and can we meet it?

These Students Shaped Their Town's Renewable Energy Framework

David Dodge | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." To see that quote brought to life we went to Cochrane High School in Cochrane, Alberta about a half-hour west of Calgary.

Our Demand For Renewable Energy Comes With Canada's Dirty Little Secret

Blair King | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Asking lesser developed countries to deal with the negative consequences of the mining and refining of rare earths is the ultimate in hypocrisy. We ask for clean technologies but refuse to get our hands dirty in the process.

Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.

Solar Power Isn't Perfect, But It's the Best We've Got

Merran Smith | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Merran Smith

You can almost set your watch to it: Every time a new and disruptive technology begins to take hold, the backlash follows. So it is with "The Darker Side of Solar Power" -- an article that appeared last week in The Globe and Mail. Nobody ever called solar perfect. But when we look at how the technology stacks up against its fossil and nuclear peers, there's simply no contest. Solar remains a safe, reliable, scalable, and increasingly affordable solution to our energy challenges. That might not make for a provocative headline, but it is the truth.

Welcome to Canada's First Net-Zero Commercial Building

David Dodge | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The gap from net-zero house to net-zero commercial building has now been bridged. This 30,000 square foot building cost $10.5 million dollars. It's three months ahead of schedule and five per cent under budget. It's bright and roomy with beautiful exposed wood beams, feature stairs and a three storey living wall in the foyer.

How Banff Launched the First Municipal Solar Feed-In Tariff in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

Banff is famous for its beautiful mountain views, its diversity of wildlife and its many, many tourists. Canada's most popular national park gets more than three million visitors a year. Located within the national park, the town of Banff has branded itself as an environmental role model both for its eco-conscious citizens and its visitors.

B.C. Island Is Home To About 400 People Living 'Off The Grid'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A couple of boat rides, a little hike, and you'd never know you were only about 150 kilometres away from Vancouver. On Lasqueti, a community off th...

How We Made Our Own Solar Air Heater for Under $100

David Dodge | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Solar air heating might be the easiest to understand and the most accessible solar technology we've covered yet. It's so simple we built our own solar air heater out of found materials, pop cans and about $80 worth of materials from a local hardware store.

The Future Looks Bright for the Solar Industry

David Dodge | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

We have done stories on the rise of solar before but these were based on growth in installations in Germany, Bloomberg predictions and the amazing reductions in the pricing of solar. This is something else entirely -- the cold, hard, impersonal hand of the market is now making the case for the rise of solar.  

Is Alberta Canada's Next Big Solar Market?

David Dodge | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

On a bright fall day in early October in a packed ballroom in a downtown Calgary hotel Alberta's new energy minister, Frank Oberle, made his first spe...

Why You Should Go For a Net-Zero Home

David Dodge | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

A net-zero home reimagines the house not as a burden on the planet but as a regenerative node. Net-zero homes only started being seriously considered about a decade ago, but once proven, the idea took off.

The Rise of Net-Zero Homes

David Dodge | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Over the course of a year a net-zero home will generate as much energy as it consumes. They've been around for less than 10 years, but these buildings and the thinking behind them are taking North America by storm. 

Passive Solar Greenhouses: A Way to Produce Local Food With Less Energy

David Dodge | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is making people across the continent sit up and takes notice. What is a passive solar greenhouse? Don't they already use the sun's energy? Well, yes, but with the traditional Dutch glass box greenhouse design all that heat leaves once the sun goes down.

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

David Dodge | Posted 06.07.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.