November 28, 2018
Moving from Planning to Action
There has been a fair amount of good news for the solar industry in the last few weeks. From community solar to net metering support, solar continues to help governments, consumers, and businesses produce and consume cleaner energy.
 
Here are some recent announcements that made us smile:
CanSIA continues to contribute to the momentum we are happy to see building across Canada in support of solar energy uptake. As always, we can't thank  our members enough for their support. It is your commitment and loyalty that allow us to make and break the good news that this industry has earned through decades of hard work and innovation.
 
If your company would like to join CanSIA, but is unsure of what you'll get out of it, we're here to help.  Contact us today and we'd be happy to go over the options and benefits that are available to you.
Conferences and Networking Opportunities
Join Us in Halifax for the Nova Scotia Solar Summit and Solar Mixer NSSolarEvent
On December 4th, 2018, CanSIA and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (DoEM) will be co-hosting a one-day solar industry event. The event will take place in Halifax accommodating up to 200 participants. This event will bring together industry stakeholders to network and share experiences, provide feedback on solar policies and programs in Nova Scotia to the DoEM, and hear presentations on relevant solar topics. The event will also include an exhibit section to showcase Nova Scotia's growing solar industry. 

Click here to register. 

Join us after the Nova Scotia Solar Summit on December 4th for our solar mixer from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Gahan House Harbourfront (1896 Upper Water Street, Halifax, B3J 1S9). Finger food will be provided as well as one drink ticket.

If you are interested in registering for this fun event, click here. Sponsor packages are also available! If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, email Lisa Hatina.
We hope to see you at Solar Canada in Calgary next May!SolarCanada
Network with an estimated 2200 attendees and up to 100 exhibitors representing the entire supply chain: solar integration, development, engineering and EPC, equipment manufacturers, utilities, consultants, federal, provincial and municipal governments, communities, and students.

SOLAR CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION
May 8-9, 2019
BMO Centre
20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
 
Registration for Solar Canada is now open with a special pre-holiday promotion that expires on December 14th! CanSIA members pay $150 less per attendee.

Click here to register. 
The Buildings Show BuildingsShow
November 28 - 30, 2018

You are invited to join us at North America's largest sourcing, networking and educational event for the building design, construction and property management industries from November 28 - 30, 2018! 

Register today and visit CanSIA at Booth # 1354!!!
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:
 

February 25 to 27, 2019
Treaty 4 Territory and Homeland of the M├ętis, Regina, SK
May 13 to 15, 2019
Syilx/Okanagan Territory, 
Penticton, BC
Solar Market News and Information
New Benefit! - CanSIA News Roundupnewsroundup
CanSIA members can now access a weekly roundup of articles related to solar energy in Canada. These can be found under the News section on the homepage of your member portal once you have signed in. Members can click here to see our latest roundup for the week of November 12.
Alberta Market Update Webinar Albertawebinar
In 2019, the cumulative solar electricity generation capacity in the province will exceed 50 MW (and 150 MW in 2021), up from less than 10 MW in 2015. Attend this webinar to gain an understanding of what is driving this growth and other key factors affecting future demand including: community participation in solar electricity generation; incentives for net-billing projects; utility-scale procurement; the design and implementation of the capacity market; rate and tariff design; and much more.
 
Members can  click here to register for this FREE members-only webinar being held on Thursday, December 17th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM MT.

Recording of CanSIA's Recent Federal Policy Update Webinarwebinarrecording

CanSIA's Director of Policy & Market Development recently delivered a webinar to our members to update them on recent changes to federal policy impacting the solar market in Canada.

Members can click here to view the recent webinar.
Policy Development & Advocacy

Act Today - CanSIA Launches 'Power for the People' Grassroots Campaign!powerforthepeople

CanSIA is excited to announce the launch of Power for the People, a digital, grassroots campaign to build public support for the Government of Ontario to introduce regulations that make solar more affordable and accessible.

The campaign will raise awareness about the many benefits of solar. The digital platform makes it easy for Ontario residents to send customizable e-mails to their local Members of Provincial Parliament. This lets supporters like you tell their own stories.

We need your help spreading the word! If you're an Ontario resident, you can start by signing up for the campaign through  this link, and sending the website to your team, employees, and personal network
Invitation to Participate in CanSIA's Alberta Solar By-Laws Forumbylawsforum
CanSIA has been awarded funding from Alberta's Community Energy Capacity Building Program to undertake a study entitled: "Municipal Excellence in Alberta: Template By-Laws for Solar Energy". CanSIA is engaging and consulting with Members on this topic through the Alberta Solar By-Laws Forum. A webinar will be held on Friday, November 30th, at 1pm MT to brief Members on the project and to solicit feedback on specific issues.
 
Members can express their interest to participate in the Alberta Solar By-Laws Forum by  signing up for the webinar via this link.
 
Not a member?  Join CanSIA  to access members-only forums.
Policy and Research Update: October 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:
  • Alberta Infrastructure Proposal Deadline Approaches
  • Nova Scotia Residential Solar Market Outlook, Labour Force and Supply Chain Study
  • Electrical Inspection Permitting Fees for Solar PV reduced in British Columbia
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.
Training Events
Solar Panel Installation Training with Stardust Solar stardust
Stardust Solar is offering solar installation training in different provinces across Canada.

Their courses 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.

Upcoming courses include:
  • Regina, SK from December 1 to 4, 2019
  • Burnaby, BC from December 8 to 12, 2019
  • Victoria, BC from January 12 to 15, 2019
  • Kelowna, BC from January 19 to 22, 2019
  • Nanaimo, BC from January 19 to 22, 2019
  • Burnaby, BC from January 26 to 30, 2019
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. Interested members should  email Daniel Kielback  for a discount code to use when registering online.

Upcoming workshops include: 


Check out the  SESA Website for a full list of workshops.
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 "Manage Your Membership Account" where you can view, update and save all of your company information.