Solar

Is Alberta Canada's Next Big Solar Market?

David Dodge | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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...

Energy East Pipeline: Building a Nation on a Nightmare

Mike Hudema | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

By building a pipeline that further accelerates climate change, tramples Treaty and First Nation rights, and compounds already severe problems, we are not only building our nation on those injustices, we are also saying that we've lost our imagination, I'm not ready to do that. I think we have more in us as a nation.

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.

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 Energy Prices Aren't High, Its Detractors Are!

Adam Scott | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
Adam Scott

You might think the cost of generating electricity in Ontario is reflected in "market rates." In reality, due to the complexity of its energy system, the market rate doesn't come close to covering the cost of generating electricity anymore.

Reports of the death of renewable energy in Europe are greatly exaggerated

Adam Scott | Posted 04.25.2012 | Canada
Adam Scott

Opponents of renewable energy can't make up their mind. One moment they claim the cost of green energy subsidies programs is too high, the next they c...