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SunPump Solar – Press Releases

We are pleased to release the following news announcements on SunPump breakthroughs and accomplishments for public distribution with a link back to our web site

April 2016

A Global Renewable Energy Grid By 2050

April 8th, 2016|Tags: |

Yesterday we took a look at the history of solar thermal energy, so for the sake of symmetry today we will be looking into the future (or should I say one possible future) of clean energy. The possible future in question is the brainchild of Liu Zhenya, chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). China is after getting a habit for thinking big when it comes to green and renewable energy - in fact, China leads globally for renewable energy investment, as well as wind and solar PV capacity. It's something the Chinese deserve more credit for, [...]

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A Brief History of Solar Thermal Heating

April 7th, 2016|Tags: |

Today I will be taking a look back through history to look at the origins, development and current state of affairs of solar thermal heating technology. History is somewhat of a passion of mine - there is just so much to be gained from examining the past - so I was very excited to write about this topic. However, when doing research online, I found that there is very little concrete information to be found on the history of solar thermal power. One site will focus on one group of historical developments, while another will leave those events out [...]

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Why Solar Is Beating Oil And Gas

April 6th, 2016|Tags: , |

Over the last number of years, the price of oil and gas has dropped steadily worldwide. From the perspective of solar and renewable energy, the easy assumption to make here is that cheaper fossil fuel prices would harm the development of solar power. Yet this has not been the case. Investment in solar and other renewable energy sources has never been higher, and more solar energy is coming online than ever before. How can this be? In fact there are multiple factors pushing the solar industry forward, and these factors have trumped cheaper oil and gas prices. Innovation [...]

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Save On Carbon Tax With Efficient Home Heating

April 5th, 2016|Tags: , |

Here in British Columbia, greenhouse gas (GHG) and carbon emissions are taken quite seriously. As we have written about in the past, Vancouver aims to be the greenest city in the world by 2020 and use 100% renewable energy by 2050. Recently, a group of 140 B.C. businesses came together to argue in favour of raising B.C.'s carbon tax. The proposed increase (up $10 per tonne of Co2 to $40) would, according to associate B.C. director of Pembina Institute Matt Horne, "mean a stronger incentive to reduce carbon pollution in the province and get the province back [...]

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What Makes SunPump Different?

April 4th, 2016|Tags: , |

When I started writing this morning, my intention was to present a slightly more technical, close-up look at what solar PV and solar thermal systems are and how they function. The idea was to split solar down the middle, to give a description of solar PV and solar thermal and finish with a section describing how the SunPump fits in and what it offers. However, after I got started I realised that you can't just divide solar into 'PV' and 'thermal' anymore. There is now a legitimate third category - the hybrid. Hybrids are solar thermal [...]

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March 2016

Net Zero Homes And The Advantage Of Choice

March 31st, 2016|

When you think of super efficient, super green homes, the two terms that come to mind are Passive House and Net Zero homes. Of these two, passive house builds are unquestionably the more popular choice in terms of the number of homes constructed. It's hard to say why this is exactly, but part of the reason may be that the passive house 'movement' has been easier to define. Passive houses have a standardised set of criteria that buildings must adhere to in order to be considered a legitimate passive house. It gets quite scientific (passive houses [...]

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Big Oil Email Leaks Shows Bribery and Corruption

March 30th, 2016|Tags: , |

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 too loudly. However, every now and again news breaks that's just too juicy to ignore. That's the case today, with an ongoing story involving corruption, bribery, thousands of leaked emails, [...]

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Prevent Hay Fever With Radiant Floor Heating

March 29th, 2016|Tags: , , |

As we creep towards April, the flowers are out and the sun is starting to make regular appearances in the sky (something worth celebrating here in Vancouver!). While this is all undoubtedly good news, there's a big minority of people out there whose reaction to the changing weather will be mixed, to say the least. For hay fever sufferers, the beginning of the summer months can mean a world of blocked or runny noses, sniffling and sneezing, red and itchy eyes. If you're a mild hay fever sufferer this can be an annoying time of year, [...]

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Geothermal Heat Pumps Pros and Cons | Geothermal Myths Busted

March 24th, 2016|Tags: |

Geothermal heat pumps make great heating systems for homeowners. They're energy efficient, (but not true renewable), they remove the need for a fossil fuel burning boiler (reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process) and they can pay for themselves within just a few decades through reduced heating bills. They also operate as a primary heat source, which means that a home will not need another source of heat all year round. All in all, geothermal is a very exciting package, efficient and green at the same time. However, geothermal heat pumps aren't perfect - they've got their [...]

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Why Every Home Needs Radiant Floor Heating

March 23rd, 2016|Tags: , |

As a resident of Vancouver's West End, home to some of Canada's most inefficient and poorly insulated apartments, a comfortable heating system like radiant floor heating is something I long for. As things stand, I have traditional (and by traditional I mean ancient!) wall-mounted radiators positioned below large, paper-thin, single glazed windows in the living room and the bedroom. As you can imagine, the heat from the radiators literally flies straight out the window. What's worse, in order to get fresh air circulating in the apartment, those windows need to be left open. All of which means [...]

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CMPX 2016: SunPump Flys Solar Heating Flag

March 16th, 2016|Tags: , |

If you're in Toronto and want to meet with SunPump CEO Bruce Gray and engineer Norman Keevil, then head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for CMPX 2016. Every year the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Expo is where the best of Canada's heating, HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration companies come together to share what they offer with the public. It's a chance for companies to tell their own story, to show how they got from there to here, as well as an opportunity for networking and communicating with other companies and contractors. This year CMPX (running March 16th-18th) [...]

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February 2016

GLOBE 2016: Clean Technology At The Fore In Vancouver

February 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

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 turn environmental challenges into business opportunities," GLOBE 2016 will offer clean tech and renewable energy companies the chance to interact, cooperate and step into the limelight on a global stage. [...]

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Trudeau To Vancouver For National Climate Plan Talks

February 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , |

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 the first time a First Ministers' Meeting takes place in Vancouver in almost 30 years - a fact that points to Vancouver's impressive record when it comes to renewable energy [...]

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Will Richmond Try Solar Thermal After P.V. Concerns?

February 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

The city of Richmond has been looking closely at solar P.V., and unfortunately for B.C. clean energy advocates, the news does not look good. Richmond already makes use of solar P.V. panels at several community centres, fire stations and other public buildings, and the city had been hoping to install more solar P.V. on residential buildings. City staff acknowledge that the cost of P.V. panels has come down in some areas, and that in several American cities P.V. electricity costs are now on par with the electricity grid. “In a number of North American jurisdictions with higher electricity prices, [...]

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‘Building Energy Retrofit Fund’ For Vancouver

February 10th, 2016|

Vancouver aims to be the world's greenest city by 2020 and a 100% renewable energy city by 2050. As the city strives towards these goals, a number of clean energy projects and funds have been announced in recent months and years. The latest of which, the Building Energy Retrofit Fund, will provide $1 million from Vancouver's Innovation Fund to help retrofit and upgrade homes and commercial buildings that use inefficient, outdated heating systems. It is expected that the $1 million from the city will be matched by up to $8 million from private investments, provincial programs [...]

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Air Source Heat Pumps: A Beginner’s Guide

February 4th, 2016|

Last week we gave readers a very brief overview of some of the most common types of heat pump available and offered a quick comparison between them. Today we will discuss air source heat pumps in a little more detail, giving you a more comprehensive overview of what air source heat pumps do, how they work, and why they do such a good job when it comes to home heating. Of course, we are biased because our SunPump heating system incorporates an air source heat pump into its design. However, the truth is that we chose to integrate an air source [...]

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January 2016

Comparing Heat Pumps: Finding What Works For You

January 29th, 2016|

We recently discussed some of the advantages of heat pumps as a means of home heating. We are big fans of heat pumps; for the little amount of energy they consume, they produce a lot of heat. However, even if you've decided that you want a heat pump, there are still plenty of decisions to make. Different types of heat pumps function very differently, and each system comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Comparing heat pumps and understanding the differences between each system is therefore quite important. What's more, the way heat pumps are being [...]

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Solar Power Growth: How Fast Will Solar Grow?

January 28th, 2016|

Never before has clean technology and renewable energy been more in the public eye. Whether it's solar, geothermal, wind or tidal, the world is crying out for the true successor to oil and gas to be revealed. Recently we discussed the state of affairs in Germany, where senior government officials declared solar and wind to be the 'clear winners' in the race to be the technology of the future. While it seems certain that a wide range of renewable energy sources will continue to play a role in the future, few now disagree that wind and particularly solar power [...]

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City Of Vancouver Slashes Cost Of Solar Panel Permits

January 27th, 2016|

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 are much lower. Currently, the cost of a permit for installing solar panels in Vancouver is based on the cost of the solar panels themselves. This drives up the permit fee [...]

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Solar And Wind “Clear Winners” Of Technology Race

January 26th, 2016|

A common question from homeowners thinking of investing in solar thermal heating systems or solar PV is "where will solar power be in 10 years?". As a whole, the solar industry is going from strength to strength and has been for decades, but some people are still concerned that investing in solar could amount to putting money into a tech bubble that might one day burst. Installing solar panels is expensive, after all; what if you invest in solar for your home only for an innovation in some other technology to come along and offer a better package [...]

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