Solar

Bob Chelmick's Solar-Powered Cabin In The Woods

David Dodge | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada
David Dodge

Chelmick's getaway required the hard work of clearing brush and laying a foundation. The original cabin was 600 square feet and solar-powered, complete with battery storage. Why solar? Chelmick recalls seeing brown streaks across the sky near Lake Wabamun.

TransCanada Silence On Climate Speaks Volumes In Pipeline Debate

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I think I'm reasonably well versed in issues surrounding the Energy East Pipeline, both economic and environmental. But I am struck by how, in any official TransCanada communications about environmental implications of the project, climate change is never mentioned.

South Australia Sets An Example For The Country And World

David Suzuki | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

In Australia, I met young people working on "my" forest who enthusiastically told me about the number and variety of birds they'd seen that day, described plant species and talked about how many trees they had planted. Many were street kids, inspired by the chance to learn about nature and conservation and proud to be re-greening the area. I was impressed by their passion and eagerness. They believed in what they were doing and it provided a small income to get them off the streets.

Dear Premier Notley: Alberta Workers Need Jobs Not Pipelines

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Mike Hudema

Raising the minimum wage, diversifying Alberta's economy and supporting working people have my full support, but I'm sorry Premier Notley, I just can't get behind you on pipelines. New pipelines aren't good for the environment, they aren't good for the climate, and I'm sorry, but they aren't good for working people or good governance, either.

The Sustainable Benefits Of Building A Carbon Neutral Laneway Home

David Dodge | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

A carbon neutral home and net-zero home are similar in that both produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. The difference is a net-zero home produces its own energy right on the home, whereas a carbon neutral home can produce its energy elsewhere in the community.

Can This Radically Sustainable Home Survive A Cold, Canadian Winter?

David Dodge | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun's energy for heat. That's the idea, anyways. But ever since the Kinney Earthship was built in the summer of 2014, Duncan Kinney has received many emails about one particular subject: how does it hold up so far north?

Dispelling 7 Solar Energy Myths

David Dodge | Posted 02.12.2016 | 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.

The Day The World Spoke: #ClimateMarch

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

All around the world people took to the streets to help give the earth a voice. From Mumbai to Australia, London to Berlin, Ottawa to Vancouver millions danced, sang, and marched to push our world's elected leaders, currently in Paris for COP21, to increase their ambition, listen to the science and the voices of those most impacted, and lead the world out of climate chaos.

To Paris, With Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.

Think Climate Action When You Vote

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

Climate change ought to be a major issue this election, but I'm saddened to note that it has received little attention. Perhaps a quick update on both the problem and the solutions would add some helpful perspective in these final days of the campaign.

How Going Green Can Empower Some Of Canada's Most Deprived Groups

The Huffington Post Canada | Kait Howell | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Impact

This is what real reconciliation looks like...

Now Is the Time for Canada to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The G7 committed to eliminating the use of the fossil fuels by the end of the century. Canada and Alberta should be leading the transition, taking advantage of our tremendous solar and wind resources and supporting workers and communities in the process.

A Better, Greener Alberta is Possible: Lets Work to Make It Real

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

What I do know is that we all need to do our part to act on the growing climate crisis and since Alberta creates more carbon pollution than Ontario and Quebec combined, the province has a long way to go to do its fair share.

A Better World Is Not Impossible

David Suzuki | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the "can't be done" refrain repeated over and over -- especially in the only debate over global warming that matters: What can we do about it? Climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry apologists often argue that replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy is beyond our reach. The claim is both facile and false.

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

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...

Dear Fossil fuels, It's Time To Move Along

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Fossil fuels, the writing is on the wall. Some countries are already powered by 100 per cent renewables, others are on their way. Our cars and transport are starting to be electrified and solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal are going up in communities around the world (Bangladesh is installing nearly two new rooftop PV systems every minute).

In the Heart of the Tarsands, Fort Chipewyan Builds Solar Solution

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

"First Nation communities, especially ones that are isolated and reliant on diesel for power, stand to benefit the most from a transition. These panels are an example of the type of solutions our communities should be implementing -- ones that create jobs, lower energy costs and don't hurt the environment to do it."

Twenty Four Reasons for Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

In the world of environmental advocacy, hope can be a scarce commodity. The daily cascade of negative reports about our planet's health can challenge even the most optimistic personality. That's why 24 Hours of Reality, a global event happening today and tomorrow (September 16-17), promises to be so refreshing: it's all about solutions and hope.

Four Green Goals for New Brunswick's Next Government

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

On September 22nd, New Brunswickers will elect a new government. Regardless of who wins, here are four policies that could help our province use less energy, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from the coming green economy.

This Net Zero Home Will Blow Your Mind

David Dodge | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

It's a beautiful, livable, functional net-zero experiment -- welcome to the home of architect Shafraaz Kaba. Sitting on a corner lot, at the top of the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, the home is a tall and narrow three-story home with solar modules and a flat roof.

It's Time Alberta Took Off Its Tar Sands Blinders and Embraced the Sun

Mike Hudema | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Despite the province having the most solar potential out of any province in Canada, investment in solar is still piecemeal. There are little to no government supports for solar and yet huge government subsidies are given to the provinces most polluting industries like the tar sands.

Chasing Net-Zero Through Location and Innovation

David Dodge | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Building a net-zero home is an intricate dance between design, technology and location. But if you build a net-zero home in the wilds, far from your work, school and entertainment, with no infrastructure and an hour-long commute how sustainable is it?

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.

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...