April 21, 2017   
Join or Renew by June 30th to get your
Early Bird Discount
An impressive 72 new members have joined CanSIA this membership year with precisely half of them based in Western Canada. CanSIA is excited to build our membership across the country to help companies improve their opportunity for growth in the solar industry. With evolving climate and energy policies, and new  innovations in technology, financing, and integration, CanSIA sees solar gaining traction in every province and territory and we invite companies working across Canada to join CanSIA and be known for your contribution to this industry.
New members can still join for the remainder of this membership year (ending June 30th) to take advantage of discounted registration for Solar West, breaking news announcements from exciting new solar markets like Alberta, informational webinars, and an immediate listing in our online member directory.
For those of you looking to join or renew for the 2017-18 membership year, our 2017-18 Membership Brochure and Benefits package are now available on our website for you to view, print and share. Any company joining or renewing by June 30th for the 2017-18 membership year will receive a 10% early bird discount.
Our current members can expect to receive an "easy renewal" email in the very near future! Please look out for the notice to ensure you don't miss the 10% early bird discount.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Solar West in just a few short weeks.
Lisa Hatina
Business Development & Member Relations Manager

Conferences and Networking Events  
Solar West is fast-approaching and this year is sure to be the best one yet! Join us May 9-11 in Edmonton to get leading industry insight on business development opportunities, public opinion and public policy. The conference program is now posted on the Solar West website.

This year, we expect to welcome 400 attendees who will be seeking to understand how they can invest and create jobs in Western Canada in the solar energy industry. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Corporate and Supporter Members of CanSIA save $100 on a full conference pass - register here!

CanSIA's 9th Annual Summer SolsticeSummerSolstice
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ET
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street , Toronto, ON

We're taking over the Jazz Bistro in Toronto again this year - a venue that boasts three floors with a rooftop patio! Don't miss this great opportunity to network with over 200 solar energy executives, professionals, practitioners and stakeholders. Build your network of solar colleagues and friends and to stay-up-to-date on timely and important industry updates.

CanSIA Members can register at a discounted rate. Register here today!

Solar Drinks with SESASESAdrinks
Join the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) in Calgary or in Edmonton to network with solar enthusiasts while enjoying a meal or drink. The events are free and there is no need to register in advance.

Calgary Edition
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MT
Location: The Gateway, SAIT Campus Centre - V203, 1301-16 Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton Edition
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM MT
Location: Rocky Mountain Icehouse, 10516 Jasper Avenue, Main Floor, Edmonton, Alberta

Webinars and Workshops  
CanSIA Network Webinar: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change: Implications for Solar EnergyPanCanadian
Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET | 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

On Friday December 9, Canada's First Ministers announced the completion of a Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The initiatives contained within this comprehensive national strategy are broadly grouped into four pillars:
  1. National carbon pricing;
  2. Complementary actions;
  3. Adaptation and resilience; and
  4. Clean technology, innovations and jobs.
Federal Budget 2017 released on March 22nd provides additional details on expenditures associated with the implementation of the strategy. This members-only webinar will review the key elements of the Framework and Budget 2017 that are of most relevance and importance to the solar industry.

CanSIA Members can click here to register for this webinar.

Renewables for Nature: WWF Briefing Webinar for CanSIA MembersWWF
Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT

WWF-Canada is inviting CanSIA Members to a one-hour briefing about the recently launched Renewables for Nature, an interactive WWF tool intended to accelerate the transition to renewable energy in Canada by overcoming one of the primary hurdles to renewable energy development: conflict with nature.

CanSIA Members can find registration details for the 'Renewables for Nature: WWF Briefing Webinar for CanSIA Members' through the Members-Only Portal.

CanSIA Network Webinar Recordings Available in Members-Only PortalCanSIAWebinars
In the last several weeks, CanSIA has hosted three informational webinars for our members. Recordings and slides are now available in our Members-Only Portal for the following webinars:
  • Solar's Role in Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan - Delivered March 7, 2017
  • The Market Outlook for Solar Electricity in Alberta - Delivered March 28, 2017
  • Policy & Regulatory Scan for Community Solar & Virtual Net Metering in Canada - Delivered April 11, 2017
Click here to access webinar descriptions, recordings and slide decks for these and other CanSIA Network Webinars.

Upcoming SESA Workshops SESA
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) is a non-profit, educational organization, which serves as a resource for government, educational institutions and the public at large. SESA holds seminars, workshops, and classes and is offering 10% off one course registration per year for Corporate Members of CanSIA.

Register for the Photovoltaic System Design & Modelling in Edmonton, AB, on either of the following dates:
  • Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM MT to Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM MT
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM MT to Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 5:30 PM MT
CanSIA Members can learn more about these workshops and how to access the 10% discount on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

SESA First Nations Solar EventFirstNationsEvent
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM MT
Location: CN Theatre, MacEwan University, 105 Street and 104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
Registration:  This event is free, no registration is required.

In many ways, Alberta's embracing of decentralized clean renewable energy projects are guided by the same principals and wisdom that the first peoples of this continent have always deeply understood. A panel of Indigenous innovators who are leading the way in solar will share their experiences, perspectives, and lessons learned from completed projects. Many Alberta First Nations communities are installing solar systems, often utilizing community-based labour to do the job. This panel will showcase these inspiring examples and explain the unique benefits of solar PV and solar training programs bring to Alberta First Nations communities. Click here to learn more.

Business Opportunities  
NB Power invites local entities to participate in renewable energy projectNB
Local entities (municipalities, co-operatives and not-for profit organizations) are invited to submit proposals to NB Power under the Community Renewable Energy - Local Entities Opportunity, which is the second phase of the government's Locally-Owned Renewable Energy Small Scale (LORESS) Program, by 3 p.m. on April 28.

The program allows for the production of 40 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources like hydro, biomass, wind and solar energy. A maximum of 20 megawatts can be owned by one or more local entity, or 40 megawatts can be owned by two or more local entities if they are located on the same site.

NB Power, along with the Department of Energy and Resource Development, will hold five public information sessions to give potential proponents an opportunity to ask questions about the program and the process for submitting proposals. Dates and locations of the sessions will be made available at a later date.

Click here to find details about the program and NB Power's request for expression of interest. Questions can be emailed to alltenders@nbpower.com or sent by fax to 506-458-4089.

Ontario Launches Global Climate Change ChallengeGlobalCCC
Ontario's Solutions 2030 Challenge is a global call for innovators to propose solutions to help Ontario Industry reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. With up to $7 million in funding, including up to $3 million in support for the winning team to bring their transformative technology to the market. Click here to learn more about the Challenge.

Eligible teams can apply through the Solutions 2030 online application portal by September 22, 2017. Selected teams will be awarded funding to take their transformative idea through prototype and demonstration stages in Ontario. International applicants are expected to establish a significant presence in the province and help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas targets beyond 2030.

Policy Development & Advocacy   
Join the Communications & Public Relations Networkcommunications
CanSIA has three Networks through which to optimize member resources when engaging and collaborating with CanSIA. The networks provide our Members with a new avenue for accessing research, analytics, and updates from the executive team.

We invite all communications and public relations experts and enthusiasts within our Member companies to sign up to join our Communications and Public Relations Network. We will be seeking input, expertise and engagement from this group in our upcoming membership year toward renewed efforts to build public support for solar energy.

CanSIA Members can sign up for the Networks of their interest through the Members-Only Portal.

If you have any questions regarding the Communications & Public Relations Network, please contact Erin Seegmiller at eseegmiller@cansia.ca.

Policy and Research Update: March EditionPolicy 
Each month, CanSIA Members are sent the Policy and Research Update which provides the essential news on all policy and regulatory matters.  CanSIA Members can access this month's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

Here are some highlights from February's edition of Policy and Research Update:
Stay tuned for the next edition of the Policy and Research Update next week .

To learn more about the benefits of a
  CanSIA Membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at   membership@cansia.ca

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