June 27, 2018
Solar Canada Brings Attention to an Industry With a Lot to Offer
Solar Canada's first ever event in Calgary was a great success and drew attention to what the industry has to offer to provinces that are transforming how they generate and consume electricity. The event and its attendees were featured in 22 news stories, across 20 different media outlets, which included a number of national and provincial channels. CanSIA's President & CEO John Gorman spoke with several sources, such as the CBC , and even spoke in a radio interview with 650 CKOM as part of Saskatchewan Afternoon with David Kirton. Links to all of these articles can be found on CanSIA's website here .
 
We thank all attendees and look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to show what solar can do across Canada.
 
To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA Membership or to discuss your ongoing membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at membership@cansia.ca
 
Note for existing members: You can renew at a 10% discount until June 30th. Don't miss the deadline!
Please read on for some upcoming CanSIA member benefits and services:

POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVOCACY
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVOCACY
CanSIA announces Canada's Go Solar Guide and Directory and Alberta Go Solar Guide GoSolar
CanSIA wants to help our members educate consumers on the various solar options and help identify the right solutions. Whether buying a solar system outright or entering a long-term agreement with a solar company, this guide will help consumers understand the basics of solar energy, investigate important considerations for items such as home insurance, and identify what questions to ask their solar professionals. 

Through our  Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory, consumers can be equipped with the tools they need to explore their solar options, such as: 
  • Solar Electricity Terminology
  • Ownership Options for Solar PV Systems
  • Tips for Selecting a Solar Vendor
The National guide also features a directory of all  CanSIA members across Canada who have committed to upholding an industry code of conduct and adhering to CanSIA's consumer protection practices. Members can contact CanSIA to request print copies for distribution.
 
CanSIA and Energy Efficiency Alberta have also created a guide tailored just for Albertan consumers who are thinking of adding solar to their homes, farms, or businesses. The Alberta Go Solar Guide was created to help consumers who want to take control of their electricity bills by producing their own clean energy. 

This guide expands on the Canada's Go Solar guide to include how to generate electricity in Alberta, solar incentive programs that are available in Alberta and more! 

Alberta Qualified Providers can be found in CanSIA's member directory.
Policy and Research Update: May 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:
  • City of Edmonton One Step Closer to going 100% Renewable
  • Ontario Ministry of Energy Posts New Regulations Related to Net Metering
  • CanSIA Makes Submission to NERSC Request of Information
  •  Alberta Requirements for Reclamation of Renewable Energy Developments
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.
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
WiRE Networking Events wire

Featured Speaker:  Honourable  Sandra Jansen, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North and the Minister for Infrastructure, Government of Alberta

Date: Wednesday June 27, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location:
  Gowling WLG,  421 7 Ave SW #1600,  Calgary, AB T2P 4K9
Cost: Free


Featured Speaker: Biba Dimitrievska, Vice President of Customer Care, Survalent

Date: Wednesday July 4, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location:
 Survalent, 7965 Heritage Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5X5
Cost: $10


Featured Speaker: Cherie L. Brant - Practice Group Chair - First Nations/Native American, Dickinson Wright LLP

Date: Thursday July 25, 2018
Location: Dickinson Wright LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2200, Toronto ON M5L 1G4
Cost: $10
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. 
Solar Mixer for supporters of solar energy in Montréal on July 12th SolarMixer
J oin HES PV, Gowling WLG, and CanSIA for an evening of drinks and appetizers and connect with  the people who are making solar projects in Québec a reality.  

This is a public ( registration required) event for people interested in both the business and environmental reasons for solar electricity in Québec.

When: July 12th from 5:30 to 7:30
Where: The Delta Montr éal - 475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC.
Cost: Free, b ut spots are limited  - Please RSVP to acosson@hespv.ca
Educational Resources
Solar Panel Installation Training with Stardust Solar stardust
Stardust Solar will be running certification courses in Burnaby, AB. A two-day course will focus on the theory of grid-tie solar panel installation, while the three-day course includes hands-on learning. 
 
A two-day, and three-day course will also be offered on the following date:
  • July 14,15,16, 2018
  • July 28,29.30. 2018
Stardust Solar is offering CanSIA members a 15% discount on course fees. 
 
Members can click here to learn more.
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.

Check out the  SESA Website for a full list of workshops.
Available Discounts for CanSIA Members:
CanSIA members will receive a 10% discount on SESA's Workshops. Please email Leon Milner, SESA's Assistant Executive Director, for a discount code to use when registering online.
Solar Training with HES PV HESPV
The Solar Way: Solar Electricity in Queb é c /La Voie Solaire:  L'Électicité Solaire Au Queb é c
HES PV is offering a one-day Introduction to Residential Solar Systems In Queb éc. You will learn about:
  • The Quebéc Solar Program - Everything You Need to Know about net-metering and how it works in Quebéc
  • Increasing Your Solar Profits & Customer Satisfaction
  • Installation Overview including performance monitoring, mounts & lean installing and electrical code and connection issues.
When: July 20th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Montréal 475 President Kennedy Avenue, Montréal, QC, H3A 1J7
Cost: $195 Includes lunch and materials.
Click here  to learn more about this course.
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. 
Free Net-Metering Briefings for Municipal Managers and Decision-Makers in Eastern Ontario NMbriefings
Do you work for or with a municipality who could benefit from a net-metering briefing? Net metering is replacing the Feed-in-Tariff program as the preferred approach to develop renewable energy. Net metering allows municipalities to offset electricity charges by using municipal assets to generate power. Municipalities are invited to learn how to integrate net metering into asset management plans and to provide your municipality with long-term energy savings. 

0.5-1.0 hour briefings are designed for committee and management team meetings. 

Available now through July 2018. 

To book your session, contact: 
Sally McIntyre (English) Sally@McIntyreSolutions.ca OR
Johan Hamels (Bilingual) JohanH.orec@gmail.com
Staffing Resources
Science and Technology Internship Program Funding Available sciandtech
The Green Jobs - Science and Technology Internship Program
(Green Jobs -STIP) provides funding to organizations, businesses and institutions to hire post-secondary graduates in the natural resource sectors in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. This helps young graduates to gain relevant and meaningful work experience within their field of study.  

Hiring organizations can receive a contribution payment for up to 50% of the intern's salary to a maximum of $15,000 for a 6-12 month internship.  
 
An individual may be eligible for an internship if they are:
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • A post-secondary graduate;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status; and
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance during their internship.
CanSIA Members can click here to learn more.

Empowering Futures: Access funds to hire co-op students and prepare your future workforce todayCoop

Electricity Human Resource Canada has long advocated for the need for closer ties and joint action by employers, trainers, unions and governments in order to expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce. Developing a skilled and diverse supply pool requires collective action to attract, train and employ the needed workforce. Working together, the electricity industry can make long term investments in human resources that parallel the investments in systems to deploy new capacity and upgrade infrastructure.
 
The program's co-op wage subsidies help minimize the financial barrier, by covering the cost of a co-op student's salary by up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 and up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000 for students studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business as well as under-represented groups.

Members can click here to learn more. 
Business Opportunities
Canada Challenges Women Entrepreneurs to Lead Our Cleantech Future and Win $1 MillionONEMILLION
The Women in Cleantech Challenge  offers five women an extraordinary opportunity to develop their idea into a marketable world-class cleantech solution and compete for a $1 million prize. The Challenge focuses on the development of new solutions in areas such as climate change, green growth and applying new technologies to reduce negative environmental impacts.
 
Applicants will be assessed by a six-member jury - including an honorary juror - who bring expertise and experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), clean technology, business development and environmental awareness. Renowned Canadian novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will serve as the honorary juror.
 
Applications must be submitted by July 13, 2018.
 
Members can click here to learn more.
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