January 2018 
Members can look forward to another six months of strong representation and valuable benefits. 
CanSIA relies on member support for our efforts to promote solar's unique economic, environmental and technology benefits.

Here are some of the important items CanSIA is currently advocating for:
  • Financial incentives to help consumers install more net-metered solar in Ontario
  • Criteria within future rounds of Alberta's Renewable Energy Procurement (REP) that may level the playing field for solar
  • Building momentum for best practices, programs and regulations for community solar, virtual net-metering and non-utility procurement
If you're not yet a member, now is the time to join. Half of the current membership year has passed (ending June 30th) so you can join at half the annual fee while making an important contribution and receiving valuable benefits between now and the end of June.

Here are the top benefits coming up for our Corporate and Supporter Members:
  • Save up to $450 per attendee when registering for the Solar Canada Conference to be held in Calgary, June 20-21.
  • At upper levels, save over $500 per 10x10 exhibit space at Solar Canada
  • All CanSIA members will be listed in the 2018 Canadian Solar Industries Directory to be distributed in print to all CanSIA members and digitally through consumer channels
  • Listing in CanSIA's online member directory including a direct email form through which you can be contacted by potential clients or partners
  • Regular news updates, webinars, and opportunities to influence policy and programs

Consult our complete list of membership levels and benefits to learn about the many ways that CanSIA membership can benefit your company or organization.

 

If you are ready to join today, you can do so using our online application form.

Special rates are available for installers with fewer than 5 permanent full-time staff. Contact me, Lisa Hatina, Business Development & Member Relations Manager to learn more about this and other membership options.
Events & Networking
Solar Canada to be held in Calgary this year, June 20-21solcan
 
Following a highly successful Solar West in 2017, there is a lot of excitement to host a full Solar Canada event with an exhibition hall in Calgary this year!

Registration will open by end of January and CanSIA's Corporate and Supporter Members will receive $450 off the registration fee.

Exhibiting opportunities are available and CanSIA's higher-level members will save $560 per 10X10 booth space.

If you're not yet a member, contact Lisa Hatina to join today and save at Solar Canada 2018.

Upcoming WiRE EventsWIRE
WiRE Mississauga Networking Event
Compelling Presenters. Welcoming Environment. Women Only.
Guest Speaker: Neetika Sathe, Director, Advanced Planning - Alectra Inc.
Date: Wednesday, February 21

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st in Mississauga for the next WiRE Networking Meetup. WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. Light refreshments are served.

Morgan Solar Site Visit & Tour
Save the Date: February 16, 2108
Location: 100 Symes Road, Toronto, ON M6N 0A8
Registration: COMING SOON

Morgan Solar's goal is making unsubsidized solar energy competitive with traditional sources of generation by pioneering market-disruptive products. Visit their head office to learn about the company and tour the Morgan Solar factory and outdoor solar test field. You'll hear their design philosophy, lessons learned, market entry strategies and more.

Kinectrics Site Visit & Tour
Date: April 10, 2108, 10 am - 1 pm
Location: 800 Kipling Avenue, Unit 2, Toronto, ON M8Z 5G5
Cost: $25 + taxes

Kinectrics is a leading testing, inspection, certification and consulting company with over 25 unique laboratory and testing facilities. They provide independent third party testing services to qualify new products on behalf of customers, utilities and manufacturers to a variety of internationally recognized standards. They also perform commissioning tests in the field and failure investigations/forensics in the lab to help clients understand modes of failure on components used in the power industry. The tour will be of particular interest to members of the energy sector that require testing/consulting.

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


Upcoming Aboriginal Business Match EventsABM

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 Prairies
Feb 26 - 28, 2018
Delta Region, Treaty 4 Territory
Regina, SK
ABM Vancouver Island
Mar 26 - 28, 2018
Kwakiutl Territory
Port Hardy, BC

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

Industry Knowledge    
CanSIA Member Webinar: Solar Year-In-Review & Outlook For 2018yearinreview
CanSIA held a member webinar on December 13th to explore the key events that affected the Canadian solar industry throughout 2017 to identify key trends, drivers and business opportunities that the solar industry should plan for in 2018 and beyond.  

Members can click here to view Network Webinar recordings and resources.

IFI Bootcamp - Edmonton, February 21-22, 2018 IFI

The Government of Alberta, in collaboration with the Government of Manitoba and Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) will be hosting a 2-day seminar on how to do business with International Financial Institutions (IFIs). The seminar will include presentations by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and international based companies who have been successful with IFI's and are looking for potential Canadian partners. The event takes place on February 21 & 22 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Members can click here to learn more. Members can contact Lisa Hatina to access a $50 discount.

Clean Tech Workshop - FREE! cleantechworkshop
Date: Tuesday February 13, 2018
Location: Ontario International Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th floor

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade is organizing a clean tech workshop on February 13, 2018 at Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (35 - 250 Yonge Street, Toronto).

This workshop is geared towards potential new exporters and will focus on global opportunities for storage and distribution of clean energy as well as support available for Ontario companies.

Members can click here to learn more.

Funding Opportunities    
Smart Grid Program launched by Natural Resources Canadasmartgrid


NRCan has launched their "Smart Grid Program" which will invest up to $100 million in utility-led projects to reduce GHG emissions, better utilize existing electricity assets and foster innovation and clean jobs for: demonstration of smart grid technologies; and deployment of smart grid integrated systems.

Proposals must be received by March 4, 2018. A webinar will be held this Thursday, January 25th.

Members can click here to learn more and to sign up for the webinar.

Get $15,000 to Strengthen your Business with Skilled Gradsgrads
The Career-Launcher Internship program connects employers with skilled grads by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern's salary for 6-12 months.

Career-Launcher Internships currently offer two programs focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships and Natural Resources Internships.

Visit careerlauncher.ca today!

Policy Development & Advocacy   
Policy and Research Update: December EditionPandR
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 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.

Ontario Ministry of Energy's New Program to Help Ontario Companies Diversify to New MarketsOnMinEnergy
On October 26, 2017, Ontario released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Delivering Fairness and Choice. The plan includes a number of initiatives focussing on energy affordability, innovation and customer choice, and reflects that the Ministry of Energy intends to develop a program that would support demonstrations of energy technologies abroad - helping Ontario companies to diversify to new markets and go global.

Join Ontario's Ministry of Energy for an initial information and roundtable session about this proposed program on January 31, 2018, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Members can click here to learn more and reserve your spot today.

AESO's Dispatchable Renewables & Electricity Storage QuestionnaireAESO
The Government of Alberta has tasked the AESO on Friday, January 19 with assessing how dispatchable renewables and electricity storage could benefit the electricity system as it transitions towards 30 per cent renewables by 2030. The AESO will carefully coordinate this assessment with ongoing capacity market design work and any future Renewable Electricity Program competitions.

The AESO invites interested stakeholders to provide their views on dispatchable renewables and electricity storage in Alberta by Feb. 14, 2018.

Members can click here to learn more.

Members will soon be invited to participate in a Member Forum related to this topic and should stay tuned to next week's Policy & Research Update to learn more.

Credibility & Recognition   
Alberta Solar Providers DirectoryABDirectory
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.

 
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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