April 20, 2018
CanSIA's Advocacy Highlights for 2017-18
CanSIA's next membership year begins July 1st and although this current membership year doesn't end until June 30th, we thought this would be a good time to reflect on some of the ways the Association has been advocating on behalf of the industry, to help grow solar markets across Canada, over the course of this past membership year.

Leveraging the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth
CanSIA actively leveraged the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth to support nation-wide opportunities for solar. To date, the Framework has given rise to a national price on carbon, the accelerated phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation, and the Federal commitment to powering their own operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Funding programs announced to date include:
  • Low Carbon Economy Challenge: $500 million to leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth; and,
  • Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund: $1.4 billion to eligible provinces and territories to help them deliver on leadership commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., Nova Scotia's forthcoming residential solar program).
CanSIA's successful advocacy to Canada's Department of Finance also resulted in the e xtension of the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (ACCA) to 2025.

Maximizing Opportunity for Solar under Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan
CanSIA has worked hard to maximize opportunity for solar under Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan. To date, the Plan has led to more than $50 million in solar program funding, a procurement from Alberta Infrastructure for 135,000 MWh of solar electricity per year and legislation being tabled to enable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and Community-Generation.

Ontario's FIT 5 Offers 148 MW of Contracts to Solar PV Projects
After extensive consultation with industry, on September 20, 2017, the IESO announced FIT 5 contract offers equalling approximately 150 MW, the majority (98.6% or 147.899 MW) allocated to solar PV projects. Please find CanSIA's 2017 FIT Price review submission here.

Ontario's LTEP to accelerate electricity market modernization
On October 26, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Energy announced the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan, which has set the course for Ontario's energy sector up to 2035 and strongly positions solar and other distributed energy resources to help Ontario execute on its climate, energy and economic plans. CanSIA's Long-Term Energy Plan submission can be viewed here.

Ontario Net Metering Changes
CanSIA succeeded in securing changes to Ontario net-metering regulations, including removing the 500 kW project capacity size limit, extending the credit carryover period from 11 to 12 months, and enabling the use of energy storage in conjunction with renewable energy generation (in force July 1, 2017). Furthermore, CanSIA continues to advocate for Third Party Ownership within the next phase of net metering regulation updates (expected to come into force in July 1, 2018) and for virtual net metering pilot programs to be announced in 2018.

Advocating for Residential and Commercial Solar PV and Heating Rebate Programs in Ontario
Since the announcement of the Green Ontario Fund August 30, 2017, CanSIA has been ardently advocating for a solar rebate program to be offered through the Green Ontario Fund. CanSIA also organized a well-received letter-writing campaign - with enormous response from industry -- inviting industry and stakeholders to share their program support with the Province. We are hopeful a solar rebate program will be announced soon in Ontario.

We look forward to working closely with our current members and new members in the upcoming membership year. Click here to learn more about 2018-19 Membership.

A reminder that current members will save 10% if they renew their membership by July 1st, 2018. Please contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, to discuss your renewal.
Please read on for some upcoming CanSIA member benefits and services:

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
CREDIBILITY & RECOGNITION POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVOCACY
Lisa Hatina

Business Development and Member Relations Manager   
lhatina@cansia.ca
Tel: 343-700-3599

NETWORKING & EVENTS
WiRE Networking Events wire
Edmonton Networking Event (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Dr. Maureen Kolla, Manager, Clean Power and Heat, Alberta  Innovates, Clean Energy
Date: Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: The Common 9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Cost: FREE
Vancouver Networking Event (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:   Meredith Sargent, VP Commercial  Performance for Surespan
Presentation: "Sweetheart, Nasty Woman....Finding your Niche"
Date:   Thursday May 3, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location:   Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre
Cost:   FREE
Ottawa Networking Event (Women Only)  

Featured Topic:   Renewable Energy Documentary & Networking Night
The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (VPRO Documentary)
Date:   Thursday May 3, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location:   Shopify Office, 150 Elgin Street, 6th Floor
Cost:   FREE
Toronto Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:   Kathryn Klement, Director, Phoventus
Date:   Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location:   KPMG, 333 Bay St, Stw 4600
Cost:   $10
Montreal Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:   Marie-Hélène Labrie, Première vice-
présidente, Affairesgouvernementales et communications chez Enerkem / Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications at Enerkem
This is a bilingual event.
Date:   Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location:   Blake, Cassels & Graydon, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 3000
Cost:   FREE

CanSIA Members can click here to learn more about WiRE Upcoming Events.
SESA Networking Events SESANetworking
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.

Calgary Solar Drinks
Location: 
Gateway Pub, Calgary, AB
Date: 
April 25, 2018
Edmonton Solar Drinks
Location: Rocky Mountain Ice House, Edmonton, AB
Date: May 23, 2018

CanSIA Members can learn more about these event on the  Members-Only Event Discounts Page .
Aboriginal Business Match ABM
The Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) connects a national network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal decision makers to create opportunities for business, training and employment. In 2016, 92% of delegates developed key contacts anticipating post-event deals, and 1 in 5 made deals directly on the tradeshow floor.

CanSIA Members receive a 10% discount for ABM events. Upcoming events include:
 
ABM West
May 7 to 9, 2018
Sylix/Okanagan Territory,
Penticton, BC
ABM East
August 27 to 29, 2018
Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory, 
Sudbury, ON
ABM Alberta
September 24 to 26, 2018
Treaty 6 Territory,
Enoch, AB
New featured speakers added to the Solar Canada ProgramSOLARCANADA
If you're not yet a member, join today to get the most out of  Solar Canada 2018 . Corporate and Supporter Members of CanSIA receive  $450 off each full conference pass . At  upper levels , members also save $560 per 10x10 exhibit space.

All Corporate and Supporter CanSIA members will be listed in the 2018 Canadian Solar Industries Directory handed out to industry and prospective clients at Solar Canada in June. Click here to
join CanSIA now .

More keynote speakers have been added to the Solar Canada Conference Program, including the following feature highlights:
  • Shannon Phillips (invited) - Minister of Environment and Parks and MLA Lethbridge-West
  • Monica Curtis - CEO, Energy Efficiency Alberta
  • Autumn Proudlove - Lead Author of "50 States of Solar" Quarterly Report and Manager of Policy Research NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Dr. Christopher Clack - Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC (VCE)
  • David James, MBA - Assistant Deputy Minister, Electricity and Sustainable Energy Alberta Energy
  • Merran Smith - Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
JapanJapan-Canada Innovation Partnership Forum on May 10th, 2018
JETRO and Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service are pleased to host a Forum to commemorate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. The main theme of the event is Innovation and how Canada and Japan can work together to advance innovation to the benefit of both Canadian and Japanese companies.
Participants will hear from:
  • NTT Data, the C$20 billion IT service division of NTT, Japan's largest telecom firm
  • Panel of Canadian companies that have established operations in Japan and have had success in bringing their innovative technology to the Japanese market.
  • Kanagawa Prefecture will outline opportunities in their region and JR-East (East Japan Railway Company) will introduce a new smart city project planned for Shinagawa Station, one of the major Tokyo rail and Bullet Train hubs.
Venue:  Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel (at Rogers Centre) One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON  M5V 1J4  MAP
Date:  Thursday, May 10th, 2018 from  2:00 to 6:00 pm (including networking reception)
 
Members can click here to learn more.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Solar Panel Installation Training with Stardust Solar Stardust
Stardust Solar will be running certification courses in Burnaby, AB and Regina, SK. A two-day course will focus on the theory of grid-tie solar panel installation, while the three-day course includes hands-on learning. 

Both the two-day course and the three-day courses will be offered in Burnaby, BC on the following dates:
  • April 28-30, 2018
  • May 26-28, 2018
A two-day course will also be offered in Regina, SK on the following date:
  • June 9-10, 2018
Stardust Solar is offering CanSIA members a 15% discount on course fees. 

Members can click here to learn more.
CREDIBILITY & RECOGNITION
Exclusive Advertising Opportunities and Discounts for Corporate Members
 
One of the benefits of Corporate Membership is a 15% discount on all advertising opportunities. We encourage all members to take advantage of our advertising discounts and special offers in Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory and SOLutions Magazine.

Click here to learn more advertising opportunities in  Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory and  SOLutions MagazinePrime advertising positions in both Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory and SOLutions Magazine are available exclusively for our Corporate 1 & Corporate 2 members.
Alberta Solar Providers Directory ABDirectory
CanSIA is working with our members to help them attract additional business through Alberta's Residential and Commercial Solar Program.
  1. CanSIA and Energy Efficiency Alberta connect prospective program participants with our members through our searchable online member directory.
  2. Our consumer protection program lets the public know that our members are adhering to a code of conduct that protects both them and their clients.
  3. Our Proud Member of CanSIA logo lets Albertans know that your company is committed to protecting their interests.
CanSIA members are also listed as Qualified Solar Providers in Energy Efficiency Alberta's online application portal for program participants.
 
If your company is interested in providing solar installation services to program participants, but is not yet listed as an Alberta Solar Provider on CanSIA's website please contact us to be added.
Show off your 'Proud Member of CanSIA' logo! proud
Build trust with consumers and demonstrate your commitment to the success and satisfaction of your clients by proudly displaying your CanSIA member logo on your website and corporate materials.

All CanSIA Members agree to the Solar Business Code of Conduct and Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process. These initiatives help our industry convey a consumer focus by setting clear standards that CanSIA members agree to adhere in the conduct of their business and offer expanded resources to which they can refer when evaluating the decision to go solar.

More than ever, all members of CanSIA, especially those who deal directly with consumers, should actively display their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo. CanSIA Members can access their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo on the CanSIA Member Logo Members-Only Page.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVOCACY
Policy and Research Update: March Edition PandR
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 last week's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal under 'Member Communications'.

Here are some highlights from the latest edition of CanSIA's Policy and Research Update:

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.

Already a CanSIA member? Ensure your company profile information is up to date. Have your account administrator log into the Members-Only Portal and click on the "Organization Profile" tab where you can view, update and save all of your company information.