Energy : Solar Power

Solar Training on the Rise

Solar sector employment in the U.S. is booming. It rose 21.8 per cent in employment in 2014 for a total of 174,000 solar workers nationwide, and similar growth is predicted this year. It’s only a matter of time until the solar wave that is rolling across the U.S. comes to Canada. And when it does come we will need trained professionals on the front lines, installing these projects and making sure they’re safe.

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SunMine: How solar is transforming an old mining town

Episode 121 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/sunmine-kimberley-bc-solar-pv By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney You hike over the crest of the hill and there it is: 96 sun-tracking solar masts, each with 42 solar modules — 4,032 modules in all — perched on the side of a hill with the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the background. It’s called the SunMine project and it’s all part of the reinvention of

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Solar: A Community Investment

Episode 126 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/evansdale-community-solar By: David Dodge & Dylan Thompson In Edmonton, Alberta, almost every neighbourhood has a community league. These locally elected boards of community volunteers do the good work of running facilities and programs and engaging in civic issues. There are 158 such leagues in the city. It's the lowest level of representation we have and these

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Green Acres, the largest solar farm in Western Canada

Episode 124 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/hutterite-solar-western-canada-biggest By David Dodge & Dylan Thompson You’ve seen them before, though they don’t tend to stand out. Hutterites—women in bright coloured, identical dresses and men in somber, dark jackets and hats. They’re almost always at the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning selling fresh eggs, carrots and potatoes. This quaint image of

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Cochrane Students Install Solar and get New Town Policy Permitting Renewable Energy

Episode 118 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/cochrane-sustainable-development By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney There’s a quote from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead that you will see tacked up on bulletin boards or floating through your Facebook feed. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” To see that

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Solar Hot Water 101

Episode 70 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/70-solar-thermal-101 By David Dodge & Duncan Kinney   Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, a Swiss naturalist accidentally built a prototype of the first domestic solar thermal hot water system back in 1796 while testing out a scientific hypothesis. Not only did he end up proving the greenhouse effect was a real thing but solar thermal hot water heating is and

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Canada’s First Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant

Episode 88 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/88-welcome-canadas-only-concentrated-solar-thermal-plant By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney Medicine Hat’s 1MW Concentrating Solar Thermal energy project Photo David Dodge, Green Energy Futures “I have been called a genius, a leader, someone with foresight, and I've been called an idiot and I'm going to bankrupt the city,” says Mayor Ted Clugston who along with a

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Welcome to the Octopod: An off-grid, solar powered, shipping container cabin in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Episode 112 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/sea-container-cabin-cottage-country By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney   Jason Rioux's shipping container cabin. The cabin was built out of seven containers in a hub and spoke pattern near Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Photo Courtesy of Jason Rioux Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin Jason Rioux’s summer home built partly out of shipping containers near

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Ontario: Canada’s energy transition success story

Episode 111 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/ontario-renewable-energy-success By David Dodge & Duncan Kinney   When you look at Ontario’s greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing. Shutting down coal fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the talk on greenhouse gas

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Passive Solar Greenhouses: Producing more food with less energy

Episode 73 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/73-passive-solar-greenhouses By David Dodge & Duncan Kinney A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is making people across the continent sit up and take 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. These

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