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February 25, 2016
2016 Network Webinars Begin March 3rd!

In March, CanSIA will launch the first of our upcoming members-only Network Webinars. These webinars are intended to inform and engage members on important industry trends and developments, as well as to keep members up-to-date on the work CanSIA is doing behalf of our members. Descriptions of each of the first three webinars, and details on how to register, can be found below.

March 3rd: "Behind-the-Meter and Small Power Producer Program Design"
This webinar will present a jurisdictional scan of existing program and regulatory designs for distributed solar generation in select jurisdictions including Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan and will outline some of the formal processes and related timelines underway for review and modernization.

March 31st: "Competitive Procurement of Renewable Electricity in Alberta"
This webinar will present an overview on the status of renewable electricity policy development and procurement design in Alberta driven by the province's Climate Leadership Plan on the path to 30% renewable electricity by 2030. Topics discussed will include the opportunities, challenges and outlook for solar.

April 28th: "Federal Tax Enablers & Incentives for Solar"
This webinar will present an overview of the options available to the Government of Canada to enable and incentivize the deployment of solar technology through the tax treatment of capital costs or revenue streams from solar technology.

Members can register for webinars here.

Non-members who are interested in these webinars should consider joining CanSIA. More information about our member benefits and services is available here.

Contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development & Member Relations Manager to discuss your membership options. |  Tel: 343-700-3599 

Policy & Development Opportunities  

Recommendations for Distributed Solar Generation in Ontario

dgtf CanSIA created the Distributed Generation Task Force (DGTF) in early 2015 to develop and design a transition for the established Ontario solar industry from the FIT regime to net-metering.
The DGTF is  recommending modest additional support for net-metering for 3 - 5 years before net-metering is economic without assistance.

The DGTF has drafted a recommendations report and will be  delivering a webinar on March 3rd to provide an overview of these recommendations to our members.

This report was circulated on February 23rd to members who have already joined the  Policy & Market Development Network and/or the  Utility and Regulatory Affairs Network.

To be included in future Network communications, join one or more networks today  (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

To receive a copy of this report, please submit a request to the DGTF Project Manager, Ben Weir via email at

Business Opportunities
Advertising Space Available in the 2016 Canadian Solar Industries Directory

AdsAdvertising in the CanSIA Annual Directory gives you exposure to the largest solar industry association in Canada, which includes five of the top 10 solar module producers in the world. Our members represent an 8 billion dollar purchasing power and the industry continues to grow month after month, year after year. This exclusive directory will be used by the industry as a reference and go-to guide when making their purchasing decisions. Designed to be easy and readily used, it represents the best of Canada's solar industry.

For a media kit or for more information, please contact John Pashko, Sales Manager at 866-201-3096 ext. 218 or 204-480-4418.

Sponsorship Opportunities at Solar Ontario and 2016 Awards Gala

sponsorSolar Ontario provides the perfect opportunity for companies to reach out to top decision and policy makers in the solar industry. Highlight your brand - put your company in the spotlight as a key player in the industry and set yourself above your peers.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities available at Solar Ontario, please visit


The Game Changer Awards recognize the excellence of the many individuals and organizations that have helped the solar energy industry mature by pursuing the path that will lead us to an even brighter future.

Award winners will be recognized at the Awards Gala taking place on May 16th the evening before Solar Ontario. Winners are also recognized on the event website and are able to promote their success in their own communications.

Award Categories:
  • Solar Adopter
  • Project Finance Innovation
  • Community/First Nations' Solar Project
  • Solar Service Excellence
  • Solar Thermal Project of the Year
  • Solar PV Project of the Year
  • Solar Developer
  • Smart Energy Management
N ominations are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. For more information on how to nominate someone click here.

Exhibitors Wanted for Solar Thermal Pavillion at Solar Canada 2016!
Special Pricing of $999 plus HST (Primary business must be Solar Thermal to qualify).

Want to learn more about Solar Canada? Visit our website at

Contact Jessica Ward, Show Director at 613-736-9077 x225 or .

 Funding Announcements

SDTC's SD Tech Fund™ supports technologies that address the challenges of clean air, soil, water and climate change. This year, SDTC has issued five areas of priority for SD Tech Fund applicants:
  • Responsible natural resource development
  • Carbon-free power generation and distribution
  • Remote and Northern Community Utility Systems
  • Energy efficiency for industry and communities
  • Next generation technologies with longer-term benefits for Canada
Members can click here to learn more (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

 Event Discounts

SolONRegister for the 2016 Solar Ontario Conference by March 1st to get the Early Bird discount!

Solar Ontario 2016, May 16 - 17th in Niagara Falls is the vital meeting point for the solar energy industry in Ontario who are actively pursuing new business opportunities in the fast changing solar energy market. Over 300 solar and energy sector industry professionals, policy-makers, regulatory decision-makers and stakeholders will convene to build and maintain their network and to benefit from the insights and perspectives shared during conference keynote addresses, interactive briefings and lively panel discussions. The conference highlights will include:
  • Keynote Addresses from Ontario's leading electricity sector decision-makers.
  • Briefings on status and future direction of solar procurement through microFIT, FIT and LRP.
  • Comprehensive pre-conference workshop on behind-the-meter solar and storage.
Register as an early bird by March 1st to save up to $100. Corporate and Supporter members of CanSIA receive an additional $135 off the cost of registration.


SolarAsset CanSIA members are invited to join the 3rd edition of Solar Asset Management North America Conference  hosted by Solarplaza on 16-17 March 2016 in San Francisco!

The conference covers technical and financial topics, ranging from performance optimization to secondary market transactions.Network with 400+ attendees representing the leading service providers, asset/portfolio managers, IPPs, utilities, investors, developers and advisors active in the North American solar market.

CanSIA members receive 10% off the registration price.

Click here to learn more and get the code  (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

Canadian German Wind and Solar Energy Conference 
March 23, 2016 - Calgary, AB

GermanOn November 22, Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley released Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan and announced that the province will implement an accelerated phase out of coal by 2030. Two-thirds of existing coal-generated electricity will be replaced with renewables.

By organizing the 12th Canadian German Wind and Solar Energy Conference in Calgary, Alberta, the Canadian German Chamber intends to utilize this current momentum and support local initiatives by bringing German know-how and experience to the province. In addition, it will help support the development of the industry and strategic partnerships between Canadian and German market players.

CanSIA members receive $20 off the registration fee.

Click here to learn more and access your member discount (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

SETAConsider attending or exhibiting at the inaugural Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia exhibition & conference, developed specifically for international, governmental and industry discussions and collaboration on developing sustainable energy policies for the region's future economic development.

Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia is set to become the leading annual meeting place for the energy industry to discuss the latest sustainable energy issues and industry challenges, as well as highlight the latest technologies and solutions available to meet these challenges.

Click here to learn more and to access your member discount (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

Transmission and Distribution Excellence (T+DX)
March 30-31, Toronto

TDXThis March, Canada's largest Transmission & Distribution firms will gather in Toronto at the inaugural T+DX. With forward thinking and innovative stratagems, senior leaders will tackle the greatest technical challenges in systems and operations.
  • Learn how to improve asset management to recognize and address risks in advance
  • Optimize data integration from distributed generation and advanced metering
  • Overcome power quality challenges as more renewables are integrated into the grid
  • Gain insight into real-time distribution asset management strategies
  • Discover current and future trends in distributed generation
  • ... and much more!
CanSIA members receive a 15% discount. 

Click here to learn more and to access your member discount  (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

5th Annual Ontario Power Conference
April 12-13, 2016 - Toronto

ONPowerJoin CI Energy Group's 5th Annual Ontario Power Conference and receive 10% off the regular conference fee as a CanSIA member.

CI Energy Group's 5th annual Ontario Power Conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to prepare for the unprecedented changes unfolding in the Ontario power industry. Walk away with industry updates and innovative strategies to ensure your organization thrives in the face of shifting initiatives and changing business models. Esteemed speaking organizations include: Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), Hydro One, EDF EN Canada, Ontario Ministry of Energy and many more! 

Click here to learn more and get the code
(please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).  

2016 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum  
April 26-28, 2016 - San Diego, CA

CABAAs a token of appreciation CABA is providing a 10% discount to all CanSIA members to attend the 2016 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum This Forum pass allows you full access to the CABA Forum sessions, workshops and networking events, where you are able to meet and network with some of the key stakeholders and other industry professionals in obtaining the latest information on the "Internet of Things, Connected Homes, M2M and Intelligent Buildings" sectors. 
Click here to learn more and to access your member discount (please note that you will be required to enter your CanSIA Member login details).

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