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11 11, 2016

Donald Trump Energy Independence – A Solar Renewable Strategy

By | 2016-11-11T13:50:26+00:00 November 11th, 2016|News, Climate Change, Solar, Clean Tech, Solar Heating, Energy Efficiency|Comments Off on Donald Trump Energy Independence – A Solar Renewable Strategy

As a result of the Donald Trump Presidential victory this week, many in the Renewable Energy industry are worried about the likely changes coming to their business, and rightfully so. A divided America has elected a Climate Change Denier who believes all the scientists are wrong, that Human activity is not a cause, and that it is all a Chinese hoax to undermine US manufacturing. [...]

27 05, 2016

Renewable Energy Industry Employment At New High

By | 2016-05-27T12:34:52+00:00 May 27th, 2016|News, Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on Renewable Energy Industry Employment At New High

Record numbers of people are now employed in the renewable energy industry, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has claimed. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, was released this week, and shows a global increase in employment of 5% over last year to a global total of over 8.1 million. A further 1.3 million people are estimated to work in the [...]

20 05, 2016

Global Temperature Records Broken Again In April

By | 2016-05-20T13:34:32+00:00 May 20th, 2016|News, Climate Change|Comments Off on Global Temperature Records Broken Again In April

Global temperature records continue to be broken on a monthly basis, with this past April now officially the hottest April on record. April was 1.10°C (1.98°F) warmer than the 20th-century average for April of 13.7°C (56.7°F) and 0.28°C (0.50°F) above the previous record for April, set in 2010. This marks seven months in a row where the respective monthly temperature record has been broken. All seven [...]

16 05, 2016

Ontario Climate Plan To Change Province Forever

By | 2016-05-16T12:15:36+00:00 May 16th, 2016|News, Climate Change, Canada|Comments Off on Ontario Climate Plan To Change Province Forever

Ontario Climate Plan: A $7 billion climate plan will bring sweeping changes to Ontario, tipping the scales away from fossil fuel and towards clean, renewable sources of energy. The plan, unveiled today by an exclusive in The Globe And Mail, would fundamentally change how Ontarians consume and create energy on a day-to-day basis. "We are on the cusp of a once-in-a-lifetime transformation. It’s a transformation of [...]

20 04, 2016

Cheaper Than Coal: Solar In India

By | 2016-04-20T12:00:03+00:00 April 20th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Cheaper Than Coal: Solar In India

In a historic moment for India, it has been reported this week that the price of solar power has reached parity with coal for the first time. For certain parts of the country, solar power is actually cheaper than coal. As a nation famously dependent on coal as a source of power, the increasingly cheap price of solar energy is being hailed as a turning point in [...]

30 03, 2016

Big Oil Email Leaks Shows Bribery and Corruption

By | 2016-03-30T13:13:41+00:00 March 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Big Oil Email Leaks Shows Bribery and Corruption

We don't really like to talk about big oil and gas directly on the Solar Blog. We're interested in renewable energy, green energy, clean tech and how that all ties in to efficient home heating systems. Our opinion is that oil and gas are slowly but surely edging their way off centre stage, and that there's just no need to go around shouting about it [...]

29 02, 2016

GLOBE 2016: Clean Technology At The Fore In Vancouver

By | 2016-02-29T12:06:48+00:00 February 29th, 2016|News, Climate Change, Clean Tech, Vancouver|Comments Off on GLOBE 2016: Clean Technology At The Fore In Vancouver

Coming just weeks after the historic Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), and coinciding with Prime Minister Trudeau's Vancouver-based, climate-focused First Ministers' Meeting, the timing of this week's GLOBE 2016 conference is all but perfect. Billed on its own website as "a high-level forum for inspiration and collaboration between c-suite business executives, government officials, and civil society leaders on how to leverage markets and innovation to [...]

23 02, 2016

Trudeau To Vancouver For National Climate Plan Talks

By | 2016-02-23T12:44:22+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|News, Climate Change, Solar, Clean Tech, Vancouver, Solar Heating, British Columbia|Comments Off on Trudeau To Vancouver For National Climate Plan Talks

Prime minister Justin Trudeau will meet with aboriginal leaders in Vancouver on March 2nd before a First Ministers' Meeting on March 3rd to discuss climate change. Coming in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, after which Trudeau promised to hold a First Ministers' Meeting within 90 days, it is hoped that the meetings will lay down a framework for a national climate plan. The talks will be [...]

17 02, 2016

Climate Leadership Plan for B.C. Open To Public

By | 2016-02-17T13:42:49+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Green Building, News, Climate Change, Clean Tech, Vancouver|Comments Off on Climate Leadership Plan for B.C. Open To Public

If you live in British Columbia and you care about climate change and the environment, now is the time to be heard. The government of B.C. is getting ready to release its updated Climate Leadership Plan, the latest in a series of plans and projects aimed at making British Columbia one of the most environmentally friendly places in the world. Before the plan is released, however, the government [...]

14 02, 2016

Solar Heating at GLOBE 2016 in Vancouver

By | 2016-02-14T16:31:47+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Green Building, News, Climate Change, Clean Tech, Home Heating, Vancouver|Comments Off on Solar Heating at GLOBE 2016 in Vancouver

GLOBE 2016 - The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business takes place February 29 to March 6th, at Canada Place in Vancouver. This year it features Prime Minister Trudeau, all the Provincial Leaders, Celebrities, and Global Environmental Leaders. One of the huge and growing problems on Leader's agendas in the transition from Oil to Clean Energy is the growing void for solar heating at GLOBE 2016. [...]

27 01, 2016

City Of Vancouver Slashes Cost Of Solar Panel Permits

By | 2016-01-28T11:34:30+00:00 January 27th, 2016|News, Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on City Of Vancouver Slashes Cost Of Solar Panel Permits

In a move that will delight Vancouver homeowners and indeed the Vancouver solar industry as a whole, the City of Vancouver has announced policy changes and greatly reduced permit fees that look set to be have a big impact on the cost of installing solar panels in homes. The changes would bring Vancouver into line with other Canadian cities, where fees associated with the cost of solar panel installations [...]

29 12, 2015

‘Hydricity’ and Solar: Clean Tech’s Newest Hybrid

By | 2016-01-25T09:24:38+00:00 December 29th, 2015|News, Solar|Comments Off on ‘Hydricity’ and Solar: Clean Tech’s Newest Hybrid

Researchers from Purdue University have unveiled a new hybrid solar concept that they claim could produce renewable, carbon-free solar energy 24 hours a day. The model combines so-called 'hydricity' - a process by which hydrogen atoms are separated from super-heated water to produce energy - with more traditional solar thermal processes. The result is a system that could generate solar energy during the day while simultaneously [...]