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Hornung to lead “new national voice” for wind, solar and energy storage industries

May 19, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

May 19, 2020 – Back in February, we reported that renewables groups CanWEA and CanSIA would be amalgamating into a new, as-yet unnamed association. Today, the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) made the big reveal.

Effective July 1, 2020, the members of CanSIA and CanWEA will unite as the Canadian Renewable Energy Association—a “multi-technology association that will provide a unified voice for solar energy, wind energy, and energy storage in Canada”.

“The launch of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association is a major step forward toward the realization of more comprehensive energy solutions encompassing wind, solar and energy storage in Canada,” said Northland Power’s Michelle Chislett, interim board chair.

The new group will be led by Robert Hornung (president of CanWEA) as founding president and CEO.


“There is a clear public desire to see advancement of the technologies we represent to capture the full promise of a renewable energy future,” says Hornung. “The Canadian Renewable Energy Association is the right vehicle to help make that promise a reality, while delivering great business value to each and every member.”

The formation of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association reflects the growing importance of innovative energy solutions that integrate multiple renewable energy technologies, say the amalgamated partners. The members of this association are “uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs”.

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association will open its doors on July 1, and hold its first AGM concurrent with its Energy Transformation Canada conference and tradeshow, scheduled for November 10-12 in Toronto.

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