Contemporary Canadian politics surrounding renewable energy has been a divisive topic: should the economy or environment receive priority?

Simply put: the notion that society must choose between environmental preservation and economic prosperity is a false dichotomy.

When analyzing Canada’s past economic growth, it’s clear that the economy overshadows the environment time after time. While Canada prides itself on having a clean environment, the notion of coupling environmental preservation with economic growth is still in its infancy.

Canada’s economy has been described as having transformed from a natural resource-based economy to a service economy, and now to a “knowledge-based economy”. While this is true of urban centers, primary industries operating within rural Canada are still significant economic drivers.

With abundant resources in oil, minerals, ore, timber and fresh water, it’s no surprise that the initial development of Canada’s economy was closely tied to the exploration of natural resources, particularly oil.

With environmental damage reaching critical levels, Canadians are increasingly looking for ways to balance growth and the preservation of the environment.

Pro-fossil coal and fossil fuel advocates have long decried the move to cap Alberta oil sand emissions at 100 megatonnes of emissions annually, as being anti-business and bad for the economy. While outrage as a result of job insecurity and economic anxiety is to be expected, the claims that embracing renewable energy is damaging for the economy are heavily misguided.

Canada’s economic strategy requires significant modification if it is to fulfill the promise of prioritizing both environmental preservation and economic growth. The necessary adaptations, such as bolstering investments to stimulate the renewable energy market, have unfolded at a dismal rate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently downplayed the scope of the necessary changes as being a mere “transition” phase, where renewable energy will gradually become the primary energy source.

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline, is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline, is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

In reality, to comply with a threat as significant and time-sensitive as climate change, Canada requires rapid and massive structural economic change.

Without bold action, Canada cannot fulfill its promise. Canadian’s have long survived broken political promises, but surviving a broken environment is likely to be devastating in all meaning of life. While the public is typically hesitant to support policy changes that are viewed as potential causes of economic turmoil, renewable energy is a safe bet.

The issue surrounding renewable energy lies with the communication of policy—and whether the public has faith in those backing it. The plummeting price of renewable energy, for one, is a good indicator of its increasing viability.

Current projections expect renewables to be equal to or cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, significantly earlier than previous projections expected. Not only will this equate to large job growth and a healthier environment, but it will also translate into lower electricity bills for consumers.

 Green jobs are changing the energy market, and green technologies are reshaping how the energy sector does business, recruitment, and training (Stock Image)
Green jobs are changing the energy market, and green technologies are reshaping how the energy sector does business, recruitment, and training (Stock Image)

While this is irrefutably good news in the fight against climate change, it may actually be good news for Canada’s energy sector, and the overall economy as well.

Canada’s economy posted a 0.4 percent expansion in the last quarter of 2018, the weakest quarterly growth since mid-2016. This slow down was also accompanied by a reduction in household consumption spending.

Currently, Canada’s economy looks to be slowing down. The good news is that renewable energy has the potential to resuscitate significant growth. A quick comparison between jobs created as a result of fossil fuel investments and renewable energy investments paint a clear picture. Renewable energy has more to offer to the Canadian economy.

Per one million dollars invested in fossil fuel infrastructure, an estimated 2.65 full-time jobs are created. This is far short of the 7.49 full-time jobs created from an investment of one million dollars in renewable energy. With an employment ratio of nearly 3-1, renewable energy puts up a strong economic argument for embracing the transition away from fossil fuels.

Simply put: the notion that society must choose between environmental preservation and economic prosperity is a false dichotomy. Thanks to the world’s expansive knowledge in the field of sustainability, co-existence between the two have never been easier to achieve.

Changing the narrative

With renewable energy market proving to be an expansive and tantalizing job market, calls for a rapid response to climate change should take advantage. Canada not only serves to gain a host of social and environmental benefits, such as a healthier aggregate population and eco-systems but also economic benefits by providing new investment, employment and manufacturing opportunities.

While there is strong public support for climate action and other environmental initiatives, the economy is still the dominant factor in the minds of voters. By breaking down the false dichotomy that is the environment vs the economy, economic growth can be used to strengthen the argument for renewable energy.

Workers install a solar panel at the SunEdison Newboro 1 Solar Project (Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)
Workers install a solar panel at the SunEdison Newboro 1 Solar Project
(Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)

The emerging renewable energy industry has the potential to replicate the kind of economic growth most commonly experienced by the development of large-scale infrastructure projects, such as housing or energy plants. When coupled with a growing job market, renewable energy is setting the stage to provide a myriad of benefits for whichever nation harnesses them soonest.

The jobs associated with renewable energy are also long-term jobs that don’t rely on the volume of a harvesting resource, ensuring greater stability. Wind and solar energy, for example, require technicians for both the installation and maintenance of the renewable infrastructure. This means that those in the field of renewable energy maintenance are provided safe, steady, well-paying jobs.

One constraining factor of renewable energy is the upfront capital cost. The average cost in 2017 to install solar systems ranged from a little over $2,000 per kilowatt (kilowatts are a measure of power capacity) for large-scale systems to almost $3,700 for residential systems. A new natural gas plant might have cost around $1,000/kW. Wind comes in around $1,200 to $1,700/kw.

This has slowed progress, as financial institutions view high upfront costs as “risky,” and subsequently lend money at higher interest rates, making it “more difficult to justify investments”. High upfront costs have also contributed to the rejection of renewable energy projects on the basis of “fiscal responsibility.”

The irony, however, is that renewable energy projects aren’t fiscally irresponsible; rather the continued development of fossil fuel infrastructure is. Not only will climate change cause irreversible environmental damage, but it will also cause significant economic damage to some of Canada’s most volatile industries, like the Maritime fisheries.

Northern Canadian communities are already feeling the economic effects of climate change. As the permafrost that supports the foundations of buildings, roads and other infrastructure projects melts, they become destabilized. The destruction of infrastructure, smaller agricultural yields, damaged fisheries and increased severity of natural disasters makes climate change an economic crisis waiting to happen.

The effects and subsequent costs of climate change aren’t only a concern for the future.
Throughout 2018, Montreal experienced 70 heat-related deaths, British Columbia battled massive wildfires that degraded the air quality to the worst in the world, and two brief thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in downtown Toronto. The Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement program (DFAA), which offers financial assistance to provinces and territories after natural disasters, averaged an annual payout of 12 million between 1970-1994, 163 million between 1995-2004 and finally an average of 373 million between 2005-2015.

The dramatic growth in costs of environmental, social and economic damage as a result of climate change presents a strong narrative for Canada to aggressively pursue the low carbon economy. While environmental issues are prone to apathy on behalf of the population, primarily focussing communication efforts on the economic costs associated with climate inaction may help win over individuals still on the fence about embracing renewable energy.

Source: PVbuzz

Tesla looks to regain its luster in Solar Energy by slashing prices (The New York Times)

In a bid to regain its status, which it lost last year as the #1 rooftop solar company in the U.S., Tesla is cutting prices of its solar panels by as much as 38 percent below the national average.

The company has started selling solar panels and related equipment less than the national average price by standardizing systems and requiring customers to order them online.

The Verge notes that the company’s popular online configuration tool now lists a 4kW array of panels as costing US$7,980 after a federal tax credit, which works out to just over US$1.99 per watt including installation.

Depending on where customers live, the price per watt could drop as low as US$1.75, which is 38 percent less than the national average of US$2.85, and much less than Tesla charged previously.

Tesla executives said these changes should put to rest concerns that the company, better known for its luxury electric cars, has neglected its residential solar business, reports The New York Times.

Tesla entered the solar market after acquiring SolarCity for US$2.6 billion plus the assumption of another US$3 billion in SolarCity debt back in 2016.

This was a surprise move that sent tremors throughout Wallstreet as investors and industry observers said the company was stretching itself too thin, and may not survive the coming years.

Source: PVbuzz

The Truth behind Renewable Energy

The costs of wind and solar energy keep falling; installing a new wind turbine costs about a third of what it did in 2008. Solar prices fell by 88 percent during that time. In fact, renewable energy is so inexpensive, utilities have found that they can save customers money by closing coal plants early and replacing them with wind and solar power.

It’s against this backdrop that we must consider the much-hyped new paper from the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute analyzing the impact of state renewable energy standards. The economists looked at these state efforts to boost solar and wind deployment (dating back to 1990) and conclude that these so-called RPS programs are costly and ineffective at addressing climate change.

But there are many reasons to be skeptical of these conclusions.

And this isn’t the first paper to look at the impact of renewable energy standards, but it is one of the few to find such high costs. The Energy Department’s national labs have done their own large-scale studies each year and found that these polices drive significant renewable energy development at low costs for customers—about 2 percent of an U.S. household’s average monthly bill (or a little more than $2 a month). And the benefits are enormous: They could top $1 trillion—yes, trillion with a T—by 2030.

So, what did the Chicago researchers get wrong?

Changing Times

The working paper, which hasn’t been peer reviewed, looks at the cost impacts in the first seven years after an RPS is put in place, and only includes data through 2015. That means it has missed out on the recent declines in renewable energy prices. Since 2015, costs for solar energy have fallen by 33 percent, onshore wind by 22 percent, offshore wind by 40 percent, and battery storage by 49 percent.

That’s why building new solar and wind is often cheaper than running existing coal-fired plants.

It is precisely because of these falling costs that many states have decided to strengthen their standards in the last three years (and why hundreds of businesses and several utilities have voluntarily announced they will go 100 percent clean in the coming years). Being green is now the economic option. And one reason it has become economic is that many states had the foresight to adopt these renewable energy mandates years ago. Helping along a nascent technology continues to pay dividends today.

Casting False Blame

The research ignores other factors and inappropriately blames renewables for other cost increases. The authors of this working paper allude to a number of “costs” renewable energy plants come with, beyond the standard compliance cost.

For example, they argue that renewable energy imposes serious costs on the electricity system—taxing our system and requiring a lot more power plants to be at the ready to ensure reliable power because the sun isn’t always shining and the wind isn’t always blowing. But, studies have found time after time this just isn’t true. The American Wind Energy Association even notes that ERCOT (the grid operator in Texas) has found that the cost of reserves needed to back up conventional power plants is far larger than the cost to back up wind generation. Solar and wind even provide grid reliability services, like “reactive power”, which is necessary to deliver high quality power.

Moreover, no plant is available 100 percent of the time—coal and gas plants have to take planned outages for maintenance work, nuclear plants need to refuel, and in extreme weather all of these plants can face problems that prevent them from running (like frozen or waterlogged coal piles, natural gas pipeline delivery issues, or frazil ice).  

The authors also point to transmission spending, linking it to renewable energy projects. Transmission and distribution spending (or T&D) has increased over the last decade—but it’s not driven by renewable energy needs. As the U.S. Energy Information Administration notes, upgrades are conducted to allow “utilities to repair faults on transmission lines remotely, to read meters remotely, and to more quickly find, repair, and communicate with customers about neighborhood reliability problems and outages.”

Our grid is aging and in need of repair and modernization. Integrating renewable energy is one reason to do these upgrades—but it’s not the only, or the main, reason.

What Other Research Found

The U.S. national labs have been releasing annual reports on the status of renewable energy standards and recently published a paper analyzing and compiling a wide range of studies on the retail rate impacts from renewable energy and these standards. The annual status reports look at the actual impact of RPS policies every year—and found them to be an economic way to spread renewable energy.

These RPS policies have driven 45 percent of all renewable energy projects built in the U.S. since 2000. By 2030, these standards will require even more renewable energy in the ground: another 180 TWh, at least, or almost a 50 percent increase in U.S. renewable generation from current levels. The average RPS compliance cost in 2017 was two percent of a customer’s bill, or $2.30 a month for the average U.S. household. (This is also in line with most other studies and with RPS costs in earlier years.)

It’s Not Just the Carbon

The authors conclude with an argument that these standards are a costly way of cutting carbon. But these policies aren’t just about cutting carbon. An RPS shouldn’t and can’t be the only policy to decarbonize our economy (NRDC’s analysis on how the U.S. could meet its’ climate goals relied on many different measures).

These standards have brought a lot of different benefits: less soot and smog, reduced water consumption, lower wholesale electricity prices, new clean energy jobs, and stronger local green economies. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that these public health, climate, and water savings totaled more than $5.2 billion by the end of 2013. By 2030, these benefits could climb to $1.16 trillion. At the same time, these policies have also created over 200,000 new clean energy jobs and could boost total renewable energy employment by almost 50 percent over the next decade.

While this working paper has made a splash, it’s light on facts. Luckily, Americans are demanding more clean energy and state leaders are responding: since the start of 2019, policymakers in Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Maryland have all passed new RPS policies—with many more actively considering their own bills at the moment.

Source: NRDC

At what point should you start really freaking out about Climate Change? Right Now!

Press this link to see video of Bill McKibben!

Last week, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said climate change is not his top priority.

“Yes, [the] climate is an issue and we are working to address it,” he told Reuters, while nonetheless downplaying recent findings by EPA scientists that detailed the size and time-sensitivity of the problem.

But Bill McKibben, author of the new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, wants you to panic about climate change. He compares how people often talk about the health of the planet — as a vague, far-off risk — with what inspires people to actually take action in their own lives.

“Imagine going to a doctor who says, ‘If you keep eating like this, someday your cholesterol will be too high.’ If you’re like most people,” he says, “you don’t change a thing. Bring on the cheese. But if the doctor says, ‘Your cholesterol is already in the zone where people have heart attacks — in fact, it looks like you may have had a mild stroke already’ — Well, that’s when you say, ‘What pill do I take?

McKibben says that the planet is already in that zone today – contending that, because we don’t worry enough about climate change, we don’t move to fix what’s wrong at the speed our planet requires. Watch his full argument in the video above.

Source: Time

Dutch solar developer GroenLeven has announced that it is building a 48 megawatt (MW) floating solar PV project on an old sand extraction site in the Netherlands which, upon completion, will be one of the largest in the world, and the largest in Europe.

Floating solar PV project at Zuidplas in Sellingerbeetse (The Netherlands)
Zuidplas in Sellingerbeetse (The Netherlands)

The new floating solar park will be built at the Zuidplas in Sellingerbeetse, in the country’s northeast, at an old sand extraction site owned by Kremer Zand en Grind, one of Europe’s leading sand and gravel extracting companies. The electricity generated from the new 48 MW floating solar project will be delivered to Kremer Zand en Grind for its local operations, and being built on an old sand extraction pond opens the door for further development of solar on sand extraction sites.

GroenLeven expects that the new project will deliver the equivalent electricity necessary for powering around 13,000 households and fulfills the company’s existing philosophy of creating solar projects that fulfill a dual function — such as installing solar on rooftops, parking places, landfills, and industrial sites.

Kremer Zand en Grind is also using this new project as a catalyst to relocate a classifying installation for sand extraction located in the Noordplas and a drying installation currently located in Emmen to an industrial park in nearby Groningen-Zuid, to better optimize the company’s electricity usage by bringing the beneficiaries of this new floating solar park closer to hand.

Additionally, Kremer Zand en Grind is also converting its drying installation from gas-fired to an electric dryer, removing a huge amount of gas from its energy mix each year. Further, by co-locating facilities the company will also reduce transport via pipeline of the sand from its extraction site, minimizing disruption to the local communities.

It is also believed that other industries in the surrounding area may benefit from the floating solar project.

Source: Clean Technica

The 2.25 gigawatt coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Arizona has provided electricity to customers in Arizona, Nevada, and southern California since 1974. In addition, it has powered the pumps that bring water from the Colorado River to the Central Arizona Project, which has been largely responsible for that state becoming a booming agricultural center.

Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

It is also an object lesson in how America relates to indigenous people. Although the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) sits on land leased from the Navajo Nation, most of the economic benefits from operating the plant flowed to white Americans. To this day, the majority of homes on the Navajo reservation lack access to reliable electricity. The coal needed to operate the plants was sourced from land owned by private coal companies rather than land owned by the Navajo people that is closer to the NGS.

While it is true that NGS provided many employment opportunities to native people, in the final analysis, the burden or pollution from the plant has been borne by the inhabitants of the Navajo reservation while most of its economic benefits have been exported to distant communities.

The lease for the land occupied by the NGS expires at the end of this year. Many proposals have been made to keep the plant in operation, some of them from Navajo Nation members who worry what will happen to their tribe when the jobs at the NGS they have depended on for generations disappear. One suggestion was that the Navajo Nation take over and operate the NGS, which could potentially continue in operation until 2042.

Those concerns were aired during a special tribal council last month that lasted 8 hours. “Are we ready?” Delegate Nathaniel Brown said, according to an NPR report. “Are we ready for the shutdown? I don’t think we are. We stand to lose a lot, our children, the future generation.”

Delegate Charlaine Tso said she’s done with coal and its health impacts on her people. The plant is one of the country’s biggest carbon emitters. “Shame on you,” she said. “Money, money, money. It’s replaceable. Enough is enough. This is the time that we’re going to take a stand that we’re going to come together for our people. I am ready to take on that challenge.”

When the vote was taken, the Navajo Nation voted not to pursue the plan to operate the NGS itself but rather to create a new local economy based on renewable energy. The plan is to construct large and small solar installations on land owned by the tribe. The smaller systems will provide power for the first time to many Navajo homes that have never had access to the grid. Larger utility-scale installations will feed electricity into the grid using many of the same 500 kilovolt transmission lines used by the NGS today.

Connecting renewable energy to the larger grid often costs more than building solar and wind farms. Reusing the existing transmission infrastructure gives the Navajo Nation a huge advantage compared to other renewable energy providers.

The new tribal policy was announced April 2 by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer. In a proclamation known as Navajo Sunrise, the Nation commits itself to promoting renewable energy. “We recognize that the Navajo Nation has been providing electricity for the Western United States for many years while many of our own people lack basic access to power and running water,” the states. Indeed, it can be argued that the Navajo have been treated like a people conquered by a colonial power for almost 200 years.

According to the Navajo-Hopi Observer, Myron Lizer said at the time the proclamation was announced, “The world around us is moving ahead with clean energy and the Navajo Nation cannot afford to be left behind, especially when we have many sources of clean energy that can be harnessed to benefit our people.”

The Navajo Sunrise proclamation goes on to say, “Through the Diné teaching of ‘T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego’ and for the many who have called upon our Nation’s leaders to transition away from our over-dependence on fossil fuels, the Navajo Nation will strive for a balanced energy portfolio and will pursue and prioritize clean renewable energy development for the long-term benefit of the Navajo People and our communities.” “Ahóá!” Navajo Nation. 

Source: Clean Technica

The former Nanticoke Generating Station site, located on the northern shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into a 44-megawatt clean energy facility that hosts 192,431 solar panels across 260 acres.

Nanticoke solar project. Photo by Ontario Power Generation

Nanticoke solar project. Photo by Ontario Power Generation

The project has just been completed by PCL Construction, a company that was commissioned to design, engineer and build it, as well as supply the photovoltaic solar panels and racking system. Behind the idea and funding are Ontario Power Generation, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Former Nanticoke Generating Station. Photo by Ontario Power Generation.
Former Nanticoke Generating Station. Photo by Ontario Power Generation.

The opening of the solar facility coincides with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of the Nanticoke 650-feet smokestacks. It has also been almost five years since the station burned its last piece of coal.

In its heyday, the Nanticoke Generating Station was the largest coal-fired plant in North America, providing 15% of Ontario’s electricity. After serving the province for more than 40 years, it stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. Two years later, the site was safely closed while the switchyards, operated by Hydro One Networks, remain in operation as a significant hub for the electricity grid in the southwestern part of the region.

Official information indicates that some parts of the former facility, such as the powerhouse, still need to be torn down. Following the last demolition scheduled for September 2019, the site will undergo a restoration process in 2020.

Since 2014, Ontario Power Generation stopped using coal to generate electricity in Canada’s most populous province, a move that resulted in the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.

Source: Mining.com

Elizabeth May appealed to the Canadian Parliament to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and embrace a hopeful future for our children and grandchildren.

Watch the video below made by Thomas Teuwen.

Elizabeth May appeals to the Canadian Parliament to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and embrace a hopeful future for our children and grandchildren. When I couldn't stand it any longer, I produced this compilation. You can watch the complete speech here: https://youtu.be/mxKVUD5Q_7w

Posted by Thomas Teuwen on Monday, March 18, 2019

You can watch the complete speech at: Emergency debate: How will Canada respond to the new IPCC report?

Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands.

Wind mill inspection

While investment has boomed, the energy-generating capacity of wind, solar, run-of-river hydro and biomass plants has expanded by 93 percent since 2009, a report from Clean Energy Canada says.
Picture: Rafal Gerszak / The Globe & Mail

About $25-billion has been invested in Canada’s clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 percent, according to a new report from climate think tank Clean Energy Canada to be released Tuesday. That means the 23,700 people who work in green energy organizations outnumber the 22,340 whose work relates to the oil sands, the report says.

Worldwide, 6.5 million people are employed in the clean-energy sector.

“Clean energy has moved from being a small niche or boutique industry to really big business in Canada,” said Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada. The investment it has gleaned since 2009 is roughly the same as has been pumped into agriculture, fishing and forestry combined, she said. The industry will continue to show huge growth potential, beyond most other business sectors, she added.

While investment has boomed, the energy-generating capacity of wind, solar, run-of-river hydro and biomass plants has expanded by 93 percent since 2009, the report says.

Clean Energy Canada says the industry’s growth has been accelerated by supportive policies in a handful of provinces. However, despite its increased importance to the national economy, clean energy is still not a priority in Ottawa, it says.

Government backing is crucial for this industry, Ms. Smith said, as it has been for our other strategic industries. “Every major industrial sector in Canada – from the aerospace industry to the oil sands – has gotten off the ground with support from the federal government. But in the clean-energy sector, the federal government is really missing in action.”

Not only does the oil industry still get more substantial subsidies, she said, it also eats up a good deal of the country’s diplomatic relations efforts – through the lobbying for the Keystone XL pipeline, for example.

The report acknowledges that Ottawa has set some groundwork for clean energy, by supporting clean-energy demonstration and research projects, cutting energy waste and discouraging the construction of conventional coal-power plants. But it says the federal government needs to do a lot more. Ottawa should create tax supports for renewable technologies, pump infrastructure money into new electrical transmission lines and clean-energy projects, and put a price on carbon, it says.

As for the provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan in particular should follow Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia in getting into the renewable-energy game, Ms. Smith said. Still, the necessity for this shift is beginning to gain some traction, she said, noting that Alberta Finance Minister Robin Campbell said last week that the province has to “get off the oil train.”

That’s a view shared by Kent Brown, chief executive officer of BluEarth Renewables Inc., a company that focuses on clean energy from the heart of the oil patch in Calgary. This new sector is now “a huge piece of the economy,” Mr. Brown said. “It creates a lot of meaningful jobs.”

BluEarth, which runs a portfolio of hydro, solar and wind projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, has created 35 new jobs in the past four years. That’s a small contribution but one that is being duplicated by hundreds of other firms across the clean-tech sector.

Clean-power generation is also not a slave to commodity prices and the subsequent boom and bust cycle that regularly hits the oil and gas sector, said Mr. Brown, who initially worked in the oil patch but developed a “deep dissatisfaction” with the lack of sustainability of the petroleum sector. While Alberta will remain a key oil player, it can also be a “true leader” renewables, he said.

The Clean Energy Canada report notes that much of the investment for Canada’s clean-tech expansion currently comes outside the country. Of the five largest investors since 2009, just one, Manulife Financial Corp., is Canadian. Two Japanese companies are in that top-five list, along with two German banking groups.

“The fact that foreign investors are coming to Canada to invest in our clean energy, tells us that we have a fantastic resource,” Ms. Smith said. “We need Bay Street to wake up and recognize this is where the puck is going.”

Source: The Globe & Mail Mail

3,800 modules will be installed on top of Genesis place

Above the streets and atop Genesis Place lay hundreds of solar panels collecting sun to help power the recreation centre during the day and not just prevent emissions, but help pay for its own construction.

The City of Airdrie will soon be the proud owner of Canada’s largest municipal rooftop solar system.

Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada within the Calgary Region. It is located north of Calgary within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway and Highway 567.

Chris Reason, project manager for Capital Projects at the City of Airdrie, describes just how many solar panels will be gathering sunlight energy for Genesis Place.

“3,800 modules will be installed on top of Genesis place. It’s a phenomenal amount of panels if you’re new to the solar world. We’ve gone up to Leduc and we’ve looked at their solar panel system and we fell in love with it and we absolutely had to have our own.”

Source: PVbuzz