July 2017   
Our 2017-18 membership year began July 1st. Welcome back!
Over the course of the 2016-17 membership year, the Canadian solar industry's measured optimism has been driven by three key factors: climate action driving energy policy; utilities and regulators addressing distributed solar; and prairies taking the lead on utility-scale solar. Now moving into our next membership year, CanSIA is laser-focused on turning favourable policy and regulatory positions into tangible programs that will directly benefit the solar industry.

Climate action driving policy

The Federal Government are committed to a national target of 90% non-emitting electricity by 2030. The single largest factor affecting the achievement of this target will be the extent to which non-emitting sources will replace coal-fired facilities being phased-out in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
 
Read about CanSIA's Federal Solar Electricity Strategy project.

B.C.'s first NDP government in 16 years, propped up by the Green party, could also spur innovation in sustainable energy and reduce the province's reliance on fossil fuels. Party leader, Andrew Weaver's background as a climate-change expert will sharpen the province's focus on renewable-energy projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Utilities and regulators addressing distributed solar

Utilities are learning that their customers want options for clean local electricity supply to households, businesses and communities and that this will drive grid planning and operation decisions for the 21st Century electricity system.
  • Ontario is continuing its Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity (including re-designing net-metering and reviewing rate design for non-residential customer classes). Join the Ontario Market Renewal Forum to stay informed of CanSIA's advocacy activities. 
  • The Alberta Utilities Commission is undertaking a nine-month review of its practices governing distribution-connected generation and a consultation on community energy. Join CanSIA's Alberta Community Solar Forum to participate in this review. 
  • Saskatchewan has consulted with industry, electricity customers and advocates for local clean energy and are understood to be revamping their approach to solar electricity options for their customers.
  • Hydro Quebec has announced a smart and solar home demonstration program.
  • Nova Scotia's Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program will open for applications on July 31, 2017. Click here to learn about community information sessions.

Prairies taking the lead on Utility-scale solar

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)'s first round of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) seeking to procure 400 MW of renewable electricity capacity is well underway as is SaskPower's competitive procurement for the province's first utility-scale solar electricity generation facility (10 MW). Proponents recently submitted their proposals to Alberta Infrastructure's Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP) for the supply of 135,000 MWh. Quebec Hydro has announced that they will be developing a 100 MW solar farm.

We aim to keep our members informed and engaged as these developments take greater shape. We encourage all members to reach out to us about opportunities to be heard and to offer valuable industry knowledge.

If you are not a member of CanSIA please consider joining to increase your access to information, make deeper connections in the industry, and to weigh in on the future of your industry.
Business Opportunities   
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.

CanSIA Members can learn more about this and forthcoming funding opportunities from NRCan on the Members-Only Business Opportunities Page.

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.

CanSIA Members can access more information on the Members-Only Business Opportunities Page.

Aboriginal Business Match AlbertaABMA
We're partnering with the most powerful Aboriginal-driven business development event in Canada to give 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.

CanSIA Game Changer Awards - stay tuned! 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, hosted at Solar Canada this December 4-5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Game Changer Awards recognize the excellence of the many individuals and organizations that have helped position Canada as an international leader of the solar industry.

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

Networking & Events   
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.
 
Learn more about the conference and register your spot: http://solarcanadaconference.ca/
RENPOWER MEXICO 2017 - Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor ConferenceMexico
We are very pleased to announce our participation as Supporting Organization of the next event hosted by Euroconvention Global: RENPOWER MEXICO 2017 - Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor Conference scheduled to take place in Mexico City on August 17, 2017 at the Hotel Sheraton Maria Isabel.
 
Mexico is preparing for its 2017 auctions - taking place later in November - as part of a new scheme of annual tenders for renewable technologies. The auctions were introduced with Mexico's recent energy reform, aiming to cover 35% of its energy mix with renewables by 2024 and 50 % by 2050, featuring an investment level of $146 billion in the electricity system by 2029.
 
The key stakeholders in the Mexican renewable energy sector will be attending (and speaking) and most of them have already confirmed their participation, including Ministry of Energy (SENER), Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), National Commission for Efficient Energy Use (CONUEE) and many others.
 
CanSIA Members can learn more about the conference and how to access the 15% discount on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

WiRE Networking Meet-up - Save the date! WiREHamilton
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. Registration opens soon. Click here for details.

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.

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.

Policy & Market Development   
Ontario Market Renewal ForumNewForum
The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and other stakeholders have identified the need to evolve Ontario's electricity market to address known market inefficiencies and to develop a more dynamic marketplace in the future. Through the Market Renewal Program (MRP), a significant set of initiatives will amount to a fundamental redesign of Ontario electricity markets and prepare the province for future structural and technology changes.

CanSIA has recently launched the Ontario Market Renewal Forum to undertake the following:
  • Monitor the IESO Market Renewal Program (MRP);
  • Inform members of the impacts and opportunities for solar technologies within the MRP; and,
  • If applicable, advocate solar industry positions related to the MRP design.
CanSIA Members can sign-up for the 'Ontario Market Renewal Forum' here.

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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.

Training & Workshops   
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.

Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems
Location: Edmonton, AB
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
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.
 
Contracts for the Solar Industry
Location: Edmonton, AB
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Learn how to control construction costs, minimize risk, and reduce communication problems with a clearly written technical contract.

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