June 2017   
CanSIA Members Recognized for Upholding a High Ethical Standard
Last Wednesday, June 21st, on Canada's National Aboriginal Day and the Northern Hemisphere's Summer Solstice, Energy Efficiency Alberta launched its $36-million Residential and Commercial Solar Program. The two-year Residential and Commercial Solar Program is expected to create roughly 50 megawatts of solar capacity and support 900 jobs in Alberta's solar sector by 2019.    
In the program, homeowners can receive up to 30 per cent off solar panel installation costs, to a maximum rebate of $10,000. Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to 25 per cent of system costs, to a maximum rebate of $500,000. Rebates are based on the size of the system and calculated at $0.75 per watt.
CanSIA is working on an important collaboration to bring visibility to our members who are looking to serve Alberta's solar market through this important program. In recognition of CanSIA's commitment to consumer protection and ensuring ethical conduct by our members, Energy Efficiency Alberta will be posting a list of CanSIA members working as installers in Alberta for public reference on their website. Corporate Members who currently, or intend to, provide rooftop solar installation services to Alberta residents, businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible to be included in the list.
If you are a member and have not yet confirmed your interest in offering solar PV installation services in Alberta, or if you would like to learn more about becoming a member, please contact me directly by email at lhatina@cansia.ca.
And don't forget, this is the last week to renew or join at the early bird rate to get a 10% discount on your annual fee.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful, sun-filled summer!
Lisa Hatina
Business Development & Member Relations Manager

Education & Training    
Toronto Summer Institute: Renewable Energy Transformation - Technology, Policy & Societal Resilience on July 17-20 TDot
The transition away from fossil fuels towards more efficient, secure and resilient renewable energy systems includes much more than a technological substitution. Northeastern University is pleased to present the Toronto Summer Institute: Renewable Energy Transformation - Technology, Policy & Societal Resilience on July 17-20, an intensive advanced learning experience with innovation at its core.

The program, developed in partnership with the Advanced Energy Centre and MaRS Discovery District, integrates strategic programming focused on catalyzing energy innovation. This is a can't miss opportunity to advance your skills this summer.
CanSIA Members can click here to access a 25% discount code for this program through the Members-Only Portal.

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.

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.

Register for the Photovoltaic System Design & Modelling in Edmonton, AB, on Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM MT to Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 5:30 PM MT

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

Networking & Events   
Register for Solar Canada by July 1st and SAVE BIG for Canada's BirthdaySolCanada
CanSIA's Corporate and Supporter Members pay only $350 to register for the full conference between now and July 1st. Take advantage of this incredible deal while you still can. As of July 2nd, CanSIA members will pay $700 for a full conference pass and non-members will pay $1,000.

Don't wait! Click here to register now.

WiRE Ottawa: July 17th Networking Meet-upWiRE
Date: Monday July 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM ET
Location: Algonquin College, Room CA400 (4th floor), 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Cost: Ladies welcomed - Always free! Registration is required.

Join WiRE and event partners 20/20 Catalysts Program and the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (AABO) for this opportunity to hear from indigenous women working in the renewable energy sector. Guest Speakers include Tanna Pirie-Wilson and Cara Sanders. Register here today!

Policy & Market Development   
Policy and Research Update: June 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 last week's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

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

CanSIA Launches 'Ontario Market Renewal Forum'NewForum
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.

CanSIA's 2017-18 Strategic Projects UnveiledStrategicProject
Each membership year, CanSIA's Strategic Projects tackle market and policy barriers across the country, allowing the Association to position the solar energy industry for market growth and success in the near and distant future. CanSIA launched the following 2017-18 Strategic Projects:

Federal Solar Electricity Strategy
Project Aim: To convert the Federal Government's climate change and clean growth commitments into growth in solar electricity's national market share.

Alberta Solar Market Development
Project Aim: To capitalize on the momentum built from Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan and to secure the necessary policy, regulatory, procurement, and programs to accelerate small, medium and large solar market segments.

Building Public Support for Solar
Project Aim: To garner public support for solar energy-educating and informing the public on its advantages and shifting the perception of solar from a technology of the future to an indispensable energy solution of the present.

Click here or contact Lisa Hatina at lhatina@cansia.ca to learn more about these Strategic Projects and to learn how your company can participate.

CanSIA Network Webinar Resources Available in Members-Only Portal - Updated! CanSIAWebinars
In the last several weeks, CanSIA has hosted three informational webinars for our members. Recordings and slides are now available in our Members-Only Portal for the following webinars:
  • CanSIA 2016-2017 Strategic Projects Year In Review
  • Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change: Implications for Solar Energy
  • The Market Outlook for Solar Electricity in Alberta 
Click here to access webinar descriptions, recordings and slide decks for these and other CanSIA Network Webinars.

Business Opportunities   
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.

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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