GALLERY: Solar Canada (December 2015)
By Renée Francoeur
December 9, 2015 – Over 2200 people took in the sights and sounds at the annual Solar Canada conference and exposition in Toronto earlier this week where 80 exhibitors from around the world showed off the latest in products and technology.
The theme of the 2015 edition was “transformation,” speaking to how the electricity sector is changing and solar is becoming more mainstream. The two-day event sought to dig deeper into these sector changes, looking at the ins and outs of transitions in utility business models as well as reform at the municipal level to bring in more renewable energy policies.
Keynotes included Lisa Frantzis from Advanced Energy Ecnomy (AEE), Ontario MPP Bob Delany, Michael Lyle of the IESO and Trevor Birtch, mayor of the City of Woodstock, Ont. There were also many panels and breakout sessions.
The show, organized by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Deutsche Messe, also featured learning pod workshops, covering topics such as new electrical code requirements pertaining to PV installations; energy storage grid services; Net Zero Energy homes; public engagement on renewables, and more.
The 2nd annual Solarpalooza also went down at the Real Sports Bar as part of the conference.