July 26, 2018
Announcing CanSIA's new Regional Solar Ambassador Program
As solar increasingly satisfies appetites for cleaner, reliable and affordable energy and as the economics for solar continue to improve across Canada, it's more important than ever that CanSIA directly engage with all solar markets across Canada and remove barriers to their growth.
For this reason, we are very excited to announce the launch of CanSIA's new Regional Solar Ambassador program. Solar Ambassadors will represent their local industry, working directly with the CanSIA team to stimulate market growth, build on existing public support, and foster local connections that will increase CanSIA's ability to impress our influence and expertise where it is most helpful and effective.

As members of the industry themselves, CanSIA's Solar Ambassadors will be solar-focused, collaborative, trusted by their peers and results-oriented. We look forward to introducing our newly designated Regional Solar Ambassadors in the weeks and months to come. Please stay tuned to our Solar Ambassadors webpage for more information and updates.

a similar note, we are pleased to introduce Lyle Goldberg as the newest member of the CanSIA team as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager in  Nova Scotia. Based in Halifax, Lyle is helping CanSIA grow the solar market in Nova Scotia by collaborating with the solar industry, the three orders of government, local utilities, regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders. Lyle spent the last 15 years as a policy analyst and manager with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities where he was responsible for establishing effective strategies, building strong stakeholder relations, managing programs and providing strategic  guidance to municipal leaders. 
If you are a solar stakeholder in Nova Scotia, Lyle would love to hear from you!
Lyle Goldberg
Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Nova Scotia
Networking Opportunities
Save the dates for Solar Ontario and Solar Canada!savethedate
This past June Solar Canada was held in Calgary, its first time in Western Canada, and was a great success. There were 2,320 total attendees including over 500 for the first ever Going Solar night!
75% of attendees joined us from Western Canada - bringing new energy, excitement and opportunity to the show. We are happy to confirm we will return to Calgary for Solar Canada in 2019, May 8-9.

Speaker/Session presentations for Solar Canada 2018 are available online here.

Upcoming conferences
November 14, 2018 
Hilton Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Solar Canada 2019
May 8-9, 2019 
BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 7 Territory

Sign up for the solar events mailing list to be notified when registration opens.
CanSIA Members save 15% on registration at Solar Power International this fall in AnaheimAnaheim
Join the largest gathering of solar installers, manufacturers, and energy storage professionals for four days of networking and thought leadership at SPI, September 24-27, in Anaheim, Ca. With more than 100 professional development opportunities including market insights, community solar, and customer acquisition topics and 700+ exhibiting companies, this is the only event you need to attend to grow your business in the U.S. market.
CanSIA members save 15% and can click here to access the discount code. 
WiRE Networking Events & Field Trips  wire

Tour the beautiful and green GoodLot Farm and GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Company with WiRE on August 15th. The visit will include a tour of farm operations, history of the Headwaters area, and a tour of the brewhouse with a focus on net-zero energy systems, organic production and low carbon construction. 

Date: Wednesday August 15, 2018 from 11:00AM-2:00PM
Location:  GoodLot Farm & GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.,  18825 Shaws Creek Rd.,  Caledon, ON
Cost: $25.00

As electric vehicles become an increasingly popular transportation method, the need for a convenient and grid-friendly way to charge is greater than ever. Find out more at this eCAMION site visit and EV charging station demonstration, hosted by eCAMION and Plug 'n Drive.

Date: Wednesday September 12. 2018 from 11:00AM-2:00PM 
  eCAMION,  450 Midwest Road,  Scarborough, ON M1P 3A9
Cost: $25

Featured Speaker: Sarah Van Der Paelt, VP, Infranchise Sales, Marketing and Customer Care, Union Gas

Date: Wednesday October 10, 2018
Location: Union Gas Limited, 3840 Rhodes Dr, Windsor, ON
Cost: $10

WiRE Field Trip to S&C Electric (All Genders Welcome)

Tour the S&C Electric facilities which provide equipment and services for electric power systems. Field trip includes 'Intro to Innovation' presentations by  S&C's Avis Petersen and Isobel Parsonage, a tour of  S&C Electric's facilities and networking lunch.

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 10:30AM-1:00PM
Location:  S&C Electric Canada Ltd.,  90 Belfield Road,  Etobicoke, ON M9W 1G4
Cost: $25
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 East
August 27 to 29, 2018
Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory, 
Sudbury, ON

ABM Alberta
September 24 to 26, 2018
Treaty 6 Territory,
Enoch, AB
October 22 to 24, 2018
Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo Territory,
Langley, BC. 
Educational Resources
Solar Panel Installation Training with Stardust Solar stardust

Stardust Solar is hosting solar installation training across British Columbia this August, which will provide you with knowledge needed to install solar energy systems. They will show you how to design your system, procure the correct parts, mount your solar array, optimize the system for maximum yield, connect the modules in a circuit, and start producing clean energy. You do not need to have any electrical experience to take these courses and they issue a training certificate upon passing the final exam. They will also include you in their Certified Installer Network after completing the course, which will give you access to local solar installations happening in your province. You can read more about these  courses here.
Stardust Solar is offering CanSIA members a 15% discount on course fees. Members can click here to learn more.
Solar Training with HES PV HESPV
The Solar Way: Solar Electricity in Nova Scotia

Join HES PV for a one day introduction to residential solar systems in Nova Scotia. 

When: August 8th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Hampton Inn - 65 Cromarty Dr, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0G2
Cost: $195 Includes lunch and materials.

Click here to learn more about this course.

HES PV is offering CanSIA members a 15% discount on their upcoming courses in Calgary. Members can  click here to learn how to get their discount. 
SESA Workshops SESAWorkshop

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. Interested members should  email Leon Milner SESA's Assistant Executive Director, for a discount code to use when registering online.

Upcoming workshops include: 

Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems in Edmonton, AB on August 10, 2018
Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling in Edmonton, AB on September 14, 2018
Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling  in Calgary, AB on October 26, 2018

Check out the  SESA Website for a full list of workshops.
Business Opportunities
New Emissions Reduction Alberta Innovation Program InnovationsProgram
Earlier this month, $70 million in funding was announced for a new Emissions Reduction Alberta innovation program.

Potential projects could include:
  • Novel low- or non-emitting electricity generation technologies
  • Innovation to reduce cost and increase effectiveness of renewable electricity generation
  • Electricity system innovation related to optimization of distribution, transmission, or utilization
  • Technologies to enable high proportions of intermittent and variable renewable electricity on the grid and to create a zero-emissions electricity system for the future
  • Other cross-sectoral solutions such as digital optimization, data analytics, automation, "smart" systems, novel systems integration tools, and low-carbon heat.
There will be an information webinar on Aug 2, application deadline is Sept 13.
Members can click here to find more information on the program.
Policy Development & Advocacy
Policy and Research Update: June 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:
  • Federal Government Boosts Funding for Alberta Indigenous Solar Program
  • Nova Scotia's New "SolarHomes Program" to Open Mid-August
  • Ontario's VNM Pilot Program on Pause, Net-Metering Regulation to Proceed
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.
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