I’m often asked questions regarding distribution and transmission fees. Customers are frustrated with the cost of distribution and transmission fees that usually are more than the cost of power, but you can get some control over these fees by having a solar PV array installed.
My husband and I met you today at the home reno show in Edmonton. We were talking with you about getting power credits if we installed solar panels and had a surplus of power and how outraged we were at the amount of our bill that is made up of charges other than energy usage.
The Alberta Government’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program has released an update on the number of solar installations that have been funded (Alberta Solar Business News, Solar Energy Society of Alberta, December 2017). Funding happens once the solar project has been built and connected to the grid.
There have been 322 solar projects funded, with approximately 25% of these being built in Edmonton. Of the 80 new residential solar project in Edmonton in 2017, EnSegs has installed 5 of these new systems or 6.25%! Outside of Edmonton EnSegs also installed a 9.5 kW solar projects in Millet, Alberta.
EnSegs provided a 15 minutes presentation to the residents of the Rossdale condominium association at their annual general meeting. The focus of the presentation was energy segments and how the community could invest in a solar array.
I’m often asked after providing a solar installation quote for a customer why the Micro-Generation Regulation (MGR) was not written or changed to allow people to generate more energy than they use. After all “I have all that extra space on my roof for clean energy”. To be honest I always thought it was to stall or limit the amount of independent power producers. However, Gordon Howell stated in a FaceBook post on November 24, 2017 that:
“The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) implements the Electricity Utilities Act (EUA) under the AUC Rule 007. There is a reasonable and complex and costly AUC interconnection process for approving ALL electricity generating units. There is also a reasonable and complex and costly AESO payment process for ALL electricity generators. (more…)
Greg Cole and Alex Cartier of EnSegs spent the day (March 23rd) teaching Glenmary students about solar energy! Five sessions (85 minutes in length) were provided to students in grades 10-12 about solar energy, how solar works, how home installations are done, and what a career in solar energy might look like. Students were engaged and asked lots of questions!
With the rising interest in solar energy, we trust that some of the students that attended may now consider a career in the solar energy industry!
Today Greg Cole, CEO, EnSegs presented 3 sessions, 25 minutes each, at Father Michael Troy Catholic School. The topic of working in the Solar PV industry was explored and Mr. Cole also provide a brief overview of how solar energy is created and discussed the type of equipment that is often found in a installation.
Canadians are feeling the sun this summer as regions across the nation are starting to reach their most scorching temperatures of the year. In Toronto, hundreds of invitation-only delegates are feeling the heat as they participate in a two-day climate summit. This is conveniently occurring just as Clean Energy Canada has released their report titled “Tackling the Global Energy Revolution 2015.” Simultaneously, world leaders are able to internalize the results of this report, while forging a plan that ensures economic and environmental sustainability.
Palo Alto, California and Georgetown, Texas do not have many things in common. One is situated on the rugged coast of Northern California, the latter located in the heart of the Longhorn state. While Northern California has obtained the reputation for being the liberal home of Americans, preaching openness, progress, and innovation, Texas has maintained its position as one of the more conservative states in the United States, boasting an allegiance to religious devotion, family values and the right to bear arms. Palo Alto has democrats serving in all major government positions, whereas Georgetown is represented entirely by Republicans. What these two cities now have in common is their commitment to renewable energy.
Leading up to last week’s election, many felt the expanding momentum of the Alberta New Democratic Party headed by Rachel Notley, but very few would have anticipated such a lopsided victory. With the NDP’s capturing 53 out of a possible 87 seats, the province watched as their votes crumbled the Progressive Conservatives 44 year reign over Albertans. With sixty Conservative MP’s and four liberal MP’s losing their seats to the likes of the NDP’s, Wildrose, and Alberta Party, the election signaled a truly remarkable shift away from the traditional political parties in Alberta. The province now has two polarizing, but fresh parties running the parliament for the first time, and it is safe to say that there will be significant change.
Due to the growing concern of climate change, many individuals, families, communities, politicians, and business leaders are searching for endeavours that can reduce their respective carbon footprints. There are several approaches that can be attempted in order to slow the effects of climate change and to personally reduce one’s carbon output. Donations to wildlife foundations, recycling, and planting trees are some of many options people have opted for in the past, and are all commendable options. But the truth remains that with the current energy demand of our global community, coupled with the guarantee for growth, we need to further the advancement of clean energy production in order to truly reduce the global carbon output. This is largely the justification for the current push by many to phase away from the reliance on fossil fuels to provide power to their homes, businesses, and communities.