August 2017   
Consumer-Facing Members Are the
Lifeblood of CanSIA
Our diversity defines us as an industry and is arguably our greatest strength. The scalability and versatility of solar technology make room for generalists and specialists, the technical and the creative, the innovative and the tried and true. We can be found presenting solutions on the doorstep of a home-owner, in the boardroom of a corporation or in the control room of a systems operator.
 
Meeting the needs of CanSIA's diverse membership can be challenging. Each new market opportunity in the solar sector requires multiple programs and policies tailored to the residential, commercial and utility-scale market segments. Combine this with the reality that provincial markets outside Ontario have little experience with solar energy and you can see how the advocacy and policy challenges are compounded.
 
The rewards of working on behalf of our members, however, far outweigh the challenges inherent in our industry. CanSIA Members-regardless of their size or market-niche-innately recognize that comprehensive policy proposals rely on the virtues of all scales of solar power. Indeed, distributed generation (DG) and the ability of solar to empower homeowners is pivotal to the propagation of the larger-scale market segments. In this sense, DG is the lifeblood of our industry and so are CanSIA's consumer-facing members.
 
This philosophy is reflected in everything from the composition of CanSIA's current board of directors to the prioritization of our policy and advocacy efforts, and the selection of this year's Strategic Projects. One of these projects will focus on Building Public Support for Solar. I can't think of better experts on this subject than companies who connect with energy consumers every day; who help their clients believe in an old but new technology by dispelling myths and overcoming barriers, and who have long believed in and advocated for the environmental and economic benefits of solar energy.
 
I encourage all members to know your own value and to engage more deeply with CanSIA through our Networks and Forums. If you are not yet a member, please know that it takes the whole industry working together, with all of our diverse perspectives and visions, to bring the solar market in Canada to its full potential.

Sincerely,

Lisa Hatina
Business Development & Member Relations Manager

Click here to learn more about CanSIA Membership.
CanSIA Announcement    
CanSIA Welcomes Dave Rogers to Board of Directors
The CanSIA Board of Directors would like to welcome Dave Rogers as the newest member of the CanSIA Board. A seat on the Board became vacant when one of the previous members resigned due to transitioning into a new industry outside of solar energy. Dave Rogers was the next runner up for the final Board seat in the 2016/2017 Board voting.

Click here to learn more about Dave Rogers' experience and to see the full CanSIA Board of Directors.

Conferences & Networking Events   
CanSIA Members Get 15% off Registration for Solar Power International, September 10-13 in Las VegasSPI
Join the largest gathering of solar installers, manufacturers, and energy storage professionals for four days of networking and thought leadership at SPI, September 10-13, in Las Vegas. With more than 100 professional development opportunities including market insights, community solar, and customer acquisition topics and 650+ exhibiting companies, this is the only event you need to attend to grow your business in the U.S. market.
 
Members can access a code for 15% off registration on the Members-Only Events Discount Page.

Solar Canada - Have you registered yet? solcan

Canada's Largest Solar Energy Conference, is Happening December 4 - 5, 2017 -
Have You Registered Yet?

This must-attend event for solar energy professionals, stakeholders and activists is now open for registration. Join others in the industry to network and build relationships, discover the latest innovations and technology trends as well as be inspired by the vision that the solar energy industry has to offer.

Plus, CanSIA is hosting the annual Game Changer Awards on December 5 at Solar Canada. Don't miss the excitement and celebrations!  Learn more about the conference and register your spot: http://solarcanadaconference.ca/
The Evolution of Alberta's Energy Marketsevolution
Building on their successful one-day meeting last year, the Alberta School of Business' Energy and the Environment group will be hosting The Evolution of Alberta's Energy Markets on September 20-21, 2017 at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton. This two-day conference will bring together various stakeholders in Alberta's energy industry to advance conversations and understanding on topics around changing energy markets.
 
We would like to extend a personal invitation for you and other people from your network to attend our event.  Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer the conference with no fee for the majority of participants. Attached is the invitation with more details on the speakers and a link to our website listing the full program. 

Members can access their free registration code on the Members-Only Event Discount Page.

Aboriginal Business Match AlbertaABMA
We're partnering with the most powerful Aboriginal-driven business development event in Canada to give CanSIA Members 10% off to attend.

Interested in making joint ventures or partnerships in the Aboriginal market? The Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) connects Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal decision makers to create opportunities for business, training and employment - and renewable energy is a high area of interest. Upon registering, delegates create up to 31 pre-scheduled appointments with communities and companies that align with their business development goals. These pre-scheduled appointments keep the conversation focused and efficient, and help to determine the next steps if a business match has been made or is possible. 1 in 5 delegates sign a deal on the tradeshow floor.

Next event: ABM Alberta taking place from September 25 - 27, 2017 and co-hosted by Enoch Cree Nation and Aksis.

Click here to learn more and register with 10% off as a CanSIA Member.

WiRE Networking Meet-up WiRE
Date: Wednesday September 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Alectra Utilities, 55 John Street North, Hamilton
Speaker: Kathy Lerette, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation at Alectra Utilities
Registration: Women Only. Click here to register.

In her presentation "Breaking Through the Gender Gap", Kathy Lerette will speak about her journey through her utility career, an overview of the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity, and her involvement in project funded by Status of Women Canada.

Business Opportunities   
Game Changer Awards Brunch - Award Categories Announced! GameChanger
CanSIA firmly believes that those who stand above and rise to the challenges of our industry simply must be celebrated.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Game Changer Awards Brunch, hosted at Solar Canada on December 5, 9:30 to 11:00 AM ET at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Click here to see a full list of CanSIA's new Game Changer Award Categories.  

Stay tuned for the launch of Game Changer Nominations this September. In the meantime, don't forget to register for Solar Canada.

Pre-Qualification of Solar PV Panel Vendors by Mount Royal UniversityMountRoyal
An RFPQ by Mount Royal University, posted August 11th, will determine a short-list of Pre-Qualified Vendors who specialize and possess considerable experience and qualifications in projects in similar scope, size and value in the supply and installation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels, for public facilities and/or postsecondary environment who may want to respond to a Proposal Call.

Vendors applying for this pre-qualification must have a minimum of 10+ experience in solar business and must be members of CanSIA in good standing.
 
Members can view more information in CanSIA's Business Opportunities Listings.

Request for Proposals by the City of Vancouver: Design-Build Innovative Solar Lighting at Arbutus GreenwayVancouver
The City of Vancouver seeks to improve public safety along a 900m long section of the temporary pathway spanning from W 33rd Ave to W 37th Ave that currently has limited ambient lighting. To do this the City intends to pilot an energy-efficient, reliable, low maintenance and cost-effective solar lighting system to provide sufficient lighting along this stretch of the pathway throughout the night, all year round.
 
The City is seeking a contractor that will design, supply, install and commission innovative solar lighting fixtures to a section of the Arbutus temporary pathway.
 
Deadline: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm (Local Vancouver Time)

Members can view more information in CanSIA's Business Opportunities Listings.

Call for Proposals: Design, supply and installation of a grid-interactive solar photovoltaic system for schools and clinics in AntiguaAntigua
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has received financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), administered by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), towards the cost of the Grid-Interactive Solar Photovoltaic with Battery Storage Electric Systems and Accessories for Schools and Clinics Project and intends to apply a part of the funds to cover eligible payments under the Agreement.

The Department of Environment now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of grid-interactive Solar PV systems for select schools and clinics on the island of Antigua.

Deadline for applications: September 18, 2017.

Members can view more information in CanSIA's Business Opportunities Listings.

Federal Green Infrastructure FundingFedGreenFunding
A clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is proposing to advance Canada's efforts to build a clean economy by accelerating the market entry of next generation clean energy infrastructure by investing a portion of its funding into commercial-scale technology demonstrations, deployment, community capacity building and targeted R&D.

Members can view more information in CanSIA's Business Opportunities Listings.

Ontario's Global Climate Change ChallengeOntGlobalChallenge
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.

Application deadline is 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.

Members can view more information in CanSIA's Business Opportunities Listings.

Training & Professional Development   
WiRE Capacity-Building Field Trip: Men & Women WelcomeWiREMen
Date: Wednesday Sept 27, 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Northwind Solutions, 1315 North Service Road E., Ste 303. Oakville, ON L6H 1A7
Cost: $25 - Includes technical presentation, control room tour & networking lunch
Register here.

Keeping things running smoothly is paramount to any organization's bottom line, with power generation often being especially complicated and sensitive. Northwind Solutions Group Inc. monitors, analyzes and maintains renewable energy assets and maximizes performance and clean power reliability.

Join WiRE for a tour of Northwind's offices and control room, where we will learn about their risk management minded approach to operations & maintenance of solar and wind farms.

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.
 
Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Date: September 15-17, 2017 and October 27-29, 2017
This class is designed for electricians, technicians, engineers, solar installers, sales people and those with a basic understanding of electrical theory and electrical terminology, who wish to understand how to design and evaluate the performance of solar electric systems.

How to Hook Up to Alberta's Grid as a Solar Micro-Generator
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Date: September 30, 2017 and October 21, 2017
This 4-hour workshop, will address this opportunity and cover solar electric system equipment, siting, permitting, economics and more. Solar PV 101 will be of interest to homeowners, business owners and condo boards.

CanSIA Members can learn more about these workshops and how to access the 10% discount on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Get 50% off Energy Transition Show subscriptionTansitionShow
The Energy Transition Show is a podcast that covers the full range of energy transition globally, including grid power, all fuels (including oil, gas, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, and other emerging renewables), transportation systems, macroeconomics, and more. Featuring interviews with some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people in energy, long-time energy expert Chris Nelder explores the global energy markets and their ongoing transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables.

CanSIA Members can access a 50% discount code for their subscription to this podcast through the Members-Only Portal.

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.

  

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