Renewables
April 5, 2016 - Ontario is launching a second phase of the competitive Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process.
March 31, 2016 - Part of solar energy’s future—especially for residential use—may be small, community-based systems in which neighbours unite in the construction and use of solar systems to optimize the energy produced and share in the benefits.
March 30, 2016 - Eaton says its new Crouse-Hinds series direct current (DC) collection system is designed to reduce costs and installation time in large-scale solar projects. The Sunnector DC collection system includes wire harnesses and combiner boxes designed to support DC strings made with aluminum wire. According to Eaton, this reduces labour and material costs by 15% on average.
March 18, 2016 - GE reports it continues to make progress with assembly of the first part of towers that will be used to support the wind turbines that will comprise America’s first offshore wind farm, expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
March 10, 2016 - The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has released the list of 16 contracts that have been offered under the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP), a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects generally greater than 500 kW.
March 10, 2016 - After a 3 year-long organizing effort, roughly 330 workers at CS Wind—a wind turbine tower manufacturer—ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with Iron Workers Local 721.
March 4, 2016 - The Government of Alberta has chosen the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to develop and implement a renewable electricity incentive program to add additional renewable generation capacity into the province’s electricity system.
March 3, 2016 - McMaster University professor Ray LaPierre envisions a world where sunny skies turn solar panels the darkest of blacks, and his vision has garnered him a Strategic Partnership Grant from Canada’s Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
March 1, 2016 - An effort led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL in the U.S.)—in collaboration with the universities of Washington State (WSU) and Tennessee—promises to help pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources by breaking the CdTe barrier.
March 1, 2016 - Today, Google and IEEE announced the winner of the “Little Box Challenge”—a competition to invent a “much-smaller” inverter for interconnecting solar power systems to the power grid. Kudos to the Red Electrical Devils, a team from CE+T Power (Belgium).
February 23, 2016 - By demystifying certain electrochemically-active bacteria, two Virginia Tech researchers believe they have discovered a way to maximize the amount of electricity that can be generated from the wastewater we flush down the toilet.
February 9, 2016 - CanSIA is looking to celebrate “those who stand above and rise to the challenges of the solar industry” through its Game Changer Awards. Nominations for 2016 are now open.
February 8, 2016 - As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta government says it is investing more than $5 million to help municipalities and farmers “harness the power of the sun and support local jobs.”
February 5, 2016 - Apparently, the Ontario Government had a process in the Electricity Act and regulations for drafting and approving a long-term technical plan for Ontario’s electricity system... but they didn’t bother following it. Ouch!
February 4, 2016 - The WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) Women of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go “above and beyond business-as-usual, consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership,” and have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector. WiRE presents three Women of Distinction Awards annually: Wind Power, Solar Power and Woman of the Year.

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