February 23, 2017   
CanSIA Members Report Greater Satisfaction and Improved Service to the Industry
For the past 3 years, CanSIA has conducted an annual membership survey with current members, previous members, and members to be. More and more of you are letting us know how we're doing as your industry association and for that we would like to thank you. Your responses and comments are informative, encouraging and help us understand what is most important to you so we can refocus our attention on what matters most.

Three major takeaways have emerged from the trends we are seeing in your survey responses.

1. GREATER MEMBER SATISFACTION

The first trend we are seeing is that our members are happier with the value the value they are getting from their membership. Based on survey responses, CanSIA better understands our members and our activities are more aligned with their needs and priorities than in the past.


2. IMPROVED DELIVERY OF KEY MEMBER BENEFITS

CanSIA has improved our effectiveness at delivering market intelligence, industry news and information, and networking opportunities in the past two years.
These are the benefits that have topped the list in their importance to our members for three years running so we have made them a priority and it is working. By entering into a partnership to run our annual conferences, CanSIA has been able to devote more time and attention to these activities, in turn helping our members access new business opportunities.

3. MORE EFFECTIVE IN OUR SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY

As Canada's only national solar industry association, CanSIA has a critical role to play in sustaining and opening markets for solar energy across Canada. As old programs are retired and new ones emerge, the industry relies on CanSIA to ensure that policy, regulations and public perception are all as favourable as possible to the growth of Canada's solar market. Our members have clearly noted our hard work in these areas and are seeing how effective this industry can be when we pool our resources and work together on key issues and opportunities.

Thanks to a high level of engagement and candid feedback from our members, CanSIA is continually improving. In order to overcome the hurdles of a carbon-based economy and bring solar to its full potential, we need the unwavering support of the whole industry. Membership fees are what allow CanSIA to act on behalf of the industry, creating opportunities for years to come. If your company is not already a member of CanSIA, please consider joining today. Learn more at www.cansia.ca/membership or contact us to discuss your options.
Business Opportunities  
Request for Prequalification for the Design & Construction of a 44MWac Solar Electricity Generation FacilityRFPQ
Nanticoke Solar LP ("NSLP") is issuing a Request for Prequalification (RFPQ) to be submitted by February 27, 2017.

NSLP invites contractors to submit a statement of qualifications for the construction of a 44 MWac ground-mount solar electricity generation facility in Nanticoke, Haldimand County, Ontario.
 
NSLP will pre-qualify a limited number of contractors who may be invited to submit a proposal for the detailed design, balance of plant procurement, and general contracting for construction services of the solar electricity generation facility.
 
In order to meet the prequalification requirements, contractors are required to complete, and submit for evaluation, the RFPQ request for information form. To obtain pre-qualification documents, please e-mail Tehmina Asim, Senior Procurement Specialist at tehmina.asim@opg.com.
 
Qualification submissions in the required form must be submitted by an email to eproposal@opg.com on or before February 27, 2017 (closing date).

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.

Industry Knowledge Sharing 
Register for Upcoming CanSIA Network Webinars

Solar's Role in Ontario's Long Term Energy PlanLTEP
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MT)

This Network Webinar will review CanSIA's submission to the Minister of Energy on the 2017 Ontario Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP). We will review potential supply adequacy risks to the Ontario electricity system, the associated GHG risks from supply decisions, the cost of electricity and solar's contribution to that cost, as well as CanSIA's recommendations on how to best utilize solar energy (PV and thermal) to help mitigate risk and achieve the province's climate change goals.

CanSIA Members can register for the 'Solar's Role in Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan' Webinar through the Members-Only Portal.

The Market Outlook for Solar Electricity in Albertawebinaralberta
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET | 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

CanSIA is working with a consultant to evaluate the potential for Solar generation development in Alberta for the purpose of developing an outlook for the solar penetration by market segment from 2017 through to 2030. In this webinar, CanSIA members will have the opportunity to learn the results of this research and participate in a discussion of their implications on CanSIA's policy development activities.

CanSIA Members can register for the 'The Market Outlook for Solar Electricity in Alberta' Webinar through the Members-Only Portal.

Save the date for CanSIA's upcoming webinars happening later this year: Save 
  • Policy & Regulatory Scan for Community Solar & Virtual Net-Metering in Canada (Tuesday, April 11th, 2 PM ET | 12 PM MT)
  • Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change: Implications for Solar Energy (Tuesday, April 25th, 2 PM ET | 12 PM MT)
CanSIA Network Webinars are offered to Members only. 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

Organic Photovoltaics Workshoporganic
Date: March 7, 2017
Location: Toronto, Ontario
View workshop details.

On March 7, the CPEIA and the National Research Council of Canada are hosting an exclusive full-day workshop on organic photovoltaics. The event is hosted and sponsored by CSA Group and will take place at its Toronto facilities at 178 Rexdale Blvd.

The keynote will feature Dr. Nicolas Blouin, Head of Photovoltaic Chemistry at Merck KGaA of Germany, the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. He will discuss Merck's efforts to accelerate commercialization of OPV products by focusing on the formulation of active materials for industrial coating and mass-production of OPV modules.

CanSIA Members receive a 15% discount on registration. CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Profile Building & Events    
Call for Nominations: "Moment in the Sun"Moment

Calling all hard working, sun loving, champions of the solar industry!
CanSIA is searching for a few good men and women to feature in an upcoming report that will tell the story of solar's positive economic, environmental, and societal benefits. We're looking for people who work in Canada's solar electricity industry, and who in some way personify the spirit of the solar energy.

Your nominee might be an installer, a scientist, an executive, a developer, or anyone in between. It could be a colleague, friend, mentor or even yourself!

Simply click here to nominate someone who deserves "A Moment in the Sun"!

Solar West is fast-approaching and this year is sure to be the best one yet! Join us this may and get leading industry insight on business development opportunities, public opinion and public policy.

From 'concept' to 'implementation', here are some of the key questions that will be addressed:
  • What are the benefits of solar energy to Western Canada and are they well understood?
  • What is the status of public policy for solar energy and is it developing favourable for solar energy?
  • How is the business case for solar energy evolving in Western Canada and when will market segments mature?
  • What are the key regulations that govern solar energy technology and how can industry best manage compliance?

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! 

 

CanSIA Members save up to $200 on full conference pass -  see more details here!

The Future of Energy: Moving towards a low-carbon economy, panel and networking event future
Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Canadian Museum of Nature | Ottawa, Ontario
Register here!

Natural Resources Canada is pleased to host a discussion on International Women's Day with distinguished Canadian energy leaders on where clean energy is headed and how we can move to a low-carbon economy.  Join us to network, learn, and be inspired as influential women share their thoughts on Canada's energy sector today and their vision of what it can look like tomorrow.

The day will include a networking breakfast, a panel discussion and a facilitated workshop to further explore the challenges and opportunities for women to advance in the clean energy sector.

AMERICANA EventAMERICANA
Date: March 21-23, 2017
Location: Montréal, Quebec

AMERICANA, the North America's largest multi-sector environmental event, will gather environmental experts and decision-makers to discuss global issues, to discover the latest technological advances, perform case analysis, to do business and network activities.

A series of 200 speaker sessions, held simultaneously in six rooms, will cover seven themes: Innovation and Technology, The environment and the market, Sustainable resource management, Climate change, Water, Waste management, Soil and Groundwater.
 
Also, more than 350 exhibitors from the environmental field will be at the Trade show, and attendees will have the opportunity to take part to the Business Matchmaking (B2B) activity, offering more than 3,000 business matchmaking meetings.

CanSIA Members can register at the member's rate (saving hundreds of dollars) with a unique promo code. CanSIA Members can access the discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Policy Development & Advocacy   
Policy and Research Update: January 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 January'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
 
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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