October 30, 2018
CanSIA Offering Members Three New Policy and Market Update Webinars
CanSIA considers industry information one of our primary member services. Our free members-only webinars have proven to be an effective way to get the experts on our team in front of our members on the most desirable solar market information of the day. We are pleased to bring you the webinars below in the weeks ahead.
 
NEXT WEBINAR - CanSIA Market Update: Alberta (Thursday, Nov 1, 2018, 11am to 12:30pm Mountain Time)
 
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.
 
Registration is also open for these upcoming member webinars:
CanSIA Policy Update: Federal
November 22, 2018
from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST
CanSIA Market Update: Nova Scotia
January 24, 2019
from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM AST

Members can click here to register for these upcoming webinars.
 
Not a member? Join CanSIA to access members-only webinars.
Please read on for some upcoming CanSIA member benefits and services:

SOLAR MARKET NEWS AND INFORMATION
CONFERENCES AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Policy Development & Advocacy
Recent Policy Submissionspolicysubmissions
CanSIA works with our members to prepare submissions both in response to calls for consultation by government or public agencies and proactively for use in our advocacy activities. These submissions are broadly accessible on our website. 

Recent submissions:

Ontario Green Energy Act
* CanSIA Submission Regarding the GEA Repeal (October, 2018)

Net Metering in Ontario
* CanSIA Submission re: Ontario Red Tape Regulatory Burden Reductions (October, 2018)

Alberta
* Response to AESO in AUC proceeding on ID 2018-019T(September, 2018)
* Alberta Infrastructure 135,000 MWh Request For Information (RFI) Submission (September, 2018)
Invitation to participate in CanSIA's Alberta Solar By-Laws Forum bylawsforum
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 9th, 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.
CanSIA Launches New Member Forum for Ontario Climate Change Consultationclimatechangeconsultation
On October 17th, 2018, the Ontario Government launched an online consultation process for a made-in-Ontario climate change plan. The Government has committed to releasing a plan in fall 2018 and is accepting submissions from stakeholders until November 16th, 2018. For more information check out the Ontario Government's website.

In response to this request, CanSIA is launching an Ontario Climate Change Plan member forum to elicit feedback from members regarding Ontario's climate change plan.

Members can click here to join the forum and to stand by for additional information regarding a forum meeting to discuss this matter further.

Not a member? Join CanSIA to access members-only forums.
Want to bring attention to a solar market opportunity or challenge in the BC market? BCSolar
Ed Knaggs, CanSIA BC Solar Ambassador
We value our members in BC and as such have engaged a Regional Solar Ambassador, Ed Knaggs, to advocate on your behalf and keep CanSIA informed of important market activities in Alberta. Contact Ed if you are active or interested in the BC solar market and would like to get involved with CanSIA at the regional level, or have an issue you would like to draw attention to. You can also click here to join the contact list for BC and/or other regional markets of interest.

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.

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.
Business Opportunities
CanSIA now partnered with WebinarHub to bring fresh content to industry stakeholders webinar
CanSIA has partnered with WebinarHub who work with our members and industry stakeholders to develop broadly accessible webinars that demonstrate their leadership and expertise while keeping information and knowledge flowing in the industry. WebinarHub has access to a team that has thousands of sponsored webinar campaigns under its belt. This is their specialty and we hope you will consider working with them. 

Click here to see a brochure on how to offer your own webinar and stay tuned for announcements of FREE webinars to be offered in the coming months.

Members at the Corporate 1 and 2 levels get 15% off the cost of developing and delivering your webinar.

Solar Market News and Information
New Benefit! - CanSIA News Roundup NewsRoundup
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 October 15th.
Recent Presentations at Alberta Power Symposium and Bright Business Conference in HalifaxPresentations
On September 24th, 2018, CanSIA's Policy & Market Development Director, Patrick Bateman, participated in the Alberta Power Symposium in Calgary with a presentation entitled "Removing (More) Myth from Reality: Alberta & National Renewable Electricity Scan". 
 
On October 16, CanSIA's Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Nova Scotia, Lyle Goldberg, participated as a panellist in the Bright Business Conference in Halifax with a presentation entitled "Solar Electricity Status & Potential in Nova Scotia: Goals, Consumers & Industry Capacity". 
 
Members can click here to view the slide decks for these presentations.
Findings from a recent Alberta Solar Supply Chain StudyABsolarsupplychain
Along with new employment opportunities, Alberta's initiatives to diversify our energy sector and tap into our abundant solar resource, are creating emerging opportunities for investment, new business creation, and retooling of existing enterprises all along the solar supply chain.
 
Join the Solar Energy Society of Alberta in Edmonton on November 22nd and in Calgary on November 27th, for a free presentation by Paula McGarrigle of Solas Energy Consulting who will present the finds of a recent Alberta Solar Supply Chain Study funded by Alberta Economic Development and Trade.
 
SESA is also offering a Presentation and Panel Discussion with Solar Farm Developers on December 6th. Click here for more information.
Conferences and Networking Opportunities
2 weeks left to register for Solar Ontario on November 14th at the Hilton Mississauga SolONT
With a new Ontario government in place, it will be more important than ever to understand how the political landscape and market dynamics are shifting. On November 14th, Solar Ontario will bring together solar leaders and entrepreneurs who are ready to learn and create innovative customer value and creative technology solutions. The program will be filled with sessions to help Ontario solar companies better understand the political landscape, the upcoming net metering regulations, explore new leading-edge financing options and marketing techniques, along with numerous other informative sessions to help grow your business.

Click here to register to attend Solar Ontario 2018, and click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities. 

When registering for Solar Ontario, don't forget to add a ticket for CanSIA's Game Changer Awards dinner! Attending as a group? Inviting clients to join you? Corporate tables are still available. Contact Lisa Sharman for more information.
Nova Scotia Solar Industry Event set for December 4 in Halifax 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. More exciting details to follow!
Innovation and Disruption - Solving for X: 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking CentreAPPrO
Perfect for those planning on attending Solar Ontario, APPrO's 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre is taking place on November 12 & 13 at the Harbour Castle, Toronto

The Ontario power industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Technology is reshaping the range of services that can be delivered at the grid edge and creating boundary-shattering opportunities for new types of players to operate in the electricity space. The new political landscape in Ontario impacts everything from the emission regime to planning processes. No one can afford to overlook the effect new technology and public policy is having up and down the value chain. Join your colleagues to hear the latest on policy directions, business strategies, regulatory intentions, and partnership opportunities. Whether you represent a major generator, or supply equipment and services to Ontario generators - you'll want to be part of APPrO 2018, Innovation and Disruption, Solving for X!

CanSIA Members are eligible for a discount off registration, click here to learn more. 
The Buildings Show BuildingsShow
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!  

Get ready for some big changes as World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and STONEX Canada relocate and grow in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Construct Canada and PM Expo maintain their position and expand in the South Building. The enhanced Show will provide an immersive and unique experience through larger-than-life, dynamic exhibits, thought-provoking educational discussions and innovative product showcases.
 
Register online today for your free admission to the exhibit hall! Note that complimentary registration closes on November 9, 2018.
Solar Energy in Calgary's Built Environment at BUILDEX Calgary Buildex
Presented in partnership with BUILDEX Calgary, CANSIA is pleased to offer members an opportunity to hear from an esteemed panel of solar professionals on key takeaways from recently completed commercial and institutional solar energy projects. The panel will be held on November 8th, from 1:00-2:00 PM. For a full seminar description and speaker line up, click here.

Click here to register. Exclusive to CANSIA members: receive 25% off! Members can log in to the Member's Portal to find out how. 

Don't miss your chance to join over 3,000 industry colleagues at BUILDEX Calgary!
WiRE Networking Events & Field Trips  wire

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

Date: November 7, 2018
Location:  Union Gas Limited, 3840 Rhodes Dr, Windsor, ON
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:
 

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
SESA Networking Events SolarDrinks
Solar Drinks is an opportunity to network, meet people in the solar industry and enjoy a meal or a drink.
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 November 3 to 6
  • Burnaby, BC from December 8 to 12
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: 

- Calgary Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling in Calgary, AB on November 23, 2018

Check out the  SESA Website for a full list of workshops.
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