October 27, 2016  
Wow! What a month for solar in Canada!
Since sending you our Member Benefits & Services Update last month, exciting announcements have been made about the growing market for solar in Alberta and Saskatchewan. What is even more encouraging is that CanSIA continues to position solar as an undeniably viable part of electrifying the grid. This applies not only in Alberta and Saskatchewan but in provinces across the country who will be required to make and manage drastic changes in order for Canada to meet its climate commitments.

This update touches on some of the direct benefits of joining CanSIA's efforts to see solar energy find its rightful place in the Canadian energy market. If you're not yet a member, join us and be part of the solar success story.
Marketing Opportunities  
Show off your 'Proud Member of CanSIA' logo!Proud
Build trust with consumers and demonstrate your commitment to the success and satisfaction of your clients by proudly displaying your CanSIA member logo on your website and corporate materials.

As of June of this year, all members have been asked to fill out a form signaling their agreement to the new Solar Business Code of Conduct and Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process. These initiatives help our industry convey a consumer focus by setting clear standards that CanSIA members agree to adhere in the conduct of their business and offer expanded resources to which they can refer when evaluating the decision to go solar.

More than ever, all members of CanSIA, especially those who deal directly with consumers, should actively display their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo. CanSIA Members can access their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo on the CanSIA Member Logo Members-Only Page.

If your company is a member of CanSIA and hasn't yet signed the agreement, please visit the Consumer Protection Initiative Page to access and fill out the form.

CanSIA Members save up to $600 when exhibiting at Solar Canada! exhibiting
The industry has long been readying for solar to expand across Canada and now is a pivotal time to position your company front and center at CanSIA's annual trade show:
  1. Canada's new federal government is committed to accelerating renewable energy through new policy initiatives including a commitment to making Canada the most tax-competitive jurisdiction for investment in cleantech in the world.
  2. In 2016, Ontario will award almost 500 MW of long-term contracts for small, medium and large installations (solar installations in Ontario will create the equivalent of over 12,000 jobs and the industry will invest over $5.5 billion in Ontario between 2010 and 2020).
  3. Western Canada's solar market is about to grow rapidly with Alberta committing to tripling its electricity from renewable resources from 10 to 30% and Saskatchewan doubling its capacity from renewable resources by 2030 from 25 to 50% and starting to procure 60 MW of utility-scale solar in 2016.
Click here to learn more about Solar Canada and exhibiting opportunities.

CanSIA Members at the Corporate 1 and Corporate 2 level receive a significant discount on their Solar Canada exhibit space.

Corporate 1 and Corporate 2 Members to be recognized in our upcoming issue of SOLutions MagazineDirectory
Members at the Corporate 1 and Corporate 2 levels will be recognized in an upcoming issue of SOLutions Magazine which will be distributed widely by mail to CanSIA's network and will be handed out at our Solar Canada booth in December. If you have been contemplating joining CanSIA, do so by November 1st in order to take advantage of this opportunity. If you're not sure of your company's membership status, visit our online directory and enter your company name in the keyword search. If you're not listed, you're not a member in good standing.

Industry Development 
Cast your Vote Now: CanSIA Board Election 2016election
The election process had begun! Encouraging new leadership on the CanSIA Board of Directors is one of the crucial ways in which the Canadian solar industry continues to prosper. We are pleased to advise you that qualified and committed individuals have expressed an interest in joining the Board.

CanSIA Members are encouraged to review the candidates and their expressions of interest in detail on the Board of Directors Election page of the Member-Only Website. CanSIA Voting Members would have received a e-mail with the details to vote on Tuesday, October 26, 2016.

If you are a CanSIA Voting Member and did not receive this information or if you have any questions about the election process, please contact Erin Seegmiller at 1-866-522-6742 x221 or eseegmiller@cansia.ca.

Election results will be publicly announced at CanSIA's Annual General Meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Toronto time) at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

Upcoming CanSIA Webinars: Solar & Federal Climate Leadershipwebinar
Date/Time:  November 24, 2016 from 12:30PM - 1:30PM MT / 2:30PM - 3:30PM ET

This webinar will present a status update on the leadership, regulation and investment in support of renewable energy at the federal level in Canada including consultations such as the Canadian Energy Strategy, Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework, Budget 2017 and Infrastructure Plan. Topics discussed included the opportunities, challenges and outlook for solar.

CanSIA Members can register for the upcoming 'CanSIA Network Webinar: Solar & Federal Climate Leadership' through the Members-Only Portal.

Previous CanSIA Webinar recordings and archived materials can be viewed through the Members-Only Portal on the Network Resources Page. Previous CanSIA Webinars include: 'Solar & Climate Leadership in Alberta', 'Revised Ontario Net Metering Regulation Consultation' and 'CanSIA's 2016-2017 Strategic Projects Webinar: How they will impact you and how to participate'.

Policy and Research Update: October EditionPolicy
Each mont h, 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 month's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

Here are some highlights from October's 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 


Business Development   
Solar Canada - Top 3 Reasons to Register solcan
Here are three reasons why you'll want to join thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe at Canada's biggest solar show.
  1. Hear from Jeremy Rifkin, the renowned economic and social theorist, about technological change and how it is redefining our electricity sector and economy.
  2. Assess the opportunity of key new policies including the Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework, Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan and Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan.
  3. Become informed about other trends and drivers redefining the solar industry in Canada including climate finance, community-solar and smart-grid.
The Solar Canada program is now posted!

CanSIA Corporate and Supporter Members save up to $250 on full conference registration. Join before you register to get the discount.

Register for Saskatchewan Renewables Independent Power Producer and Supplier Information SessionSask
The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy and SaskPower, in conjunction with partners (including CanSIA) are pleased to present the Saskatchewan Renewables Independent Power Producer and Supplier Information Session, taking place on November 17, 2016 from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM CST.

This information session is targeted to utility-scale wind (minimum 25 MW) and utility-scale solar (minimum 10 MW) developers and industrial suppliers. Supplier groups best suited to this event include: industrial contractors, renewables technology providers, manufacturing and related service companies, electrical contractors and specialized consulting firms with experience in utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Click here to learn more about the information session and/or register.

BC's #1 Clean Energy ConferenceBC
Date: November 7-8, 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC

"Generate" is Clean Energy BC's annual fall conference that brings together all stakeholders involved in the Clean Energy industry in British Columbia.  This year will be CEBC's 14th annual conference which has grown significantly in past years.  Generate 2015 had 75 exhibitor companies and over 800 delegates passed through the doors by attending field trips, short courses, panel or plenary sessions.  It is the only conference of its kind in British Columbia each year.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, BC - 655 Burrard Street.

CanSIA members receive a 15% discount on registration. CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Enercare's 3rd Annual Thought Leadership Event: Energy ManagementCABA
Enercare's 3rd annual Thought Leadership event, Energy Management: What's New and What's Next, explores energy conservation opportunities, the latest technologies and regulations shaping the multi-residential and commercial building management space. Bringing together developers, building owners and operators, this half day conference will cover:
  • Internet of Things: Connected Devices Enabling Energy Management
  • Energy Management Strategies for Multi-unit Residential Buildings and Commercial Buildings
  • Preparing for Zero Net Energy Buildings
  • Regulatory Update: Bill 135, Climate Change Action Plan, and Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade
Join the Ottawa Conference on November 2, 2016 from 7:30 to 11:30 AM ET at Brookstreet Hotel. Click here to see more details and register! 

Educational Resources    
NERC Compliance Fundamentals Course - Save $100! NERC
Date: November 15-16, 2016
Location: Toronto, Ontario

EUCI's  NERC Compliance Fundamentals course is an in-depth introduction to NERC standards, compliance, and monitoring and is designed to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of NERC compliance in order to communicate and build a culture of compliance and reliability and prepare for upcoming audits.

In-Depth Review of:
  • The background for the NERC standards and major recent revisions
  • How violations are determined and which standards are the most violated
  • Strategies to build an internal compliance program
  • High level review of the NERC CIP requirements
CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate of $100 off the course registration on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Register by October 28th and receive early bird pricing!

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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