September 22, 2016  
The Outlook for Solar in Alberta
Credit: Green Power Labs
Alberta's change in Government last fall initiated a series of events that is leading to a break-through for the solar energy industry in the province. CanSIA has been actively engaged with policy-makers and regulators in the province as they turn their attention to a more ambitious approach to climate change and renewable energy.

Last week, Alberta's Minister of Environment & Parks made the first (of soon to be several) announcements on the scale, pace and form of this approach:  a firm commitment to 30% of electricity used from renewable resources by 2030 (with support for 5,000 MW).

This declaration, combined with publicly supported assertions by the minister that Alberta needs to diversify its economy, has renewed the industry's confidence that Alberta will soon introduce policies and programs that will draw investment in large-scale solar projects and support residential, commercial and community solar to support the province's electricity needs while minimizing energy infrastructure overhauls and diversifying Alberta's electricity mix.

While advocating to support solar market growth in Alberta, CanSIA will continue to keep our members informed and engaged in this burgeoning opportunity. Here are some upcoming member benefits you will not want to miss:
  • Discounted registration for Solar West - October 5-7 in Edmonton 
  • Members-only webinar on October 20th - Solar and Climate Leadership in Alberta: receive a post-conference update on policy and regulatory priorities and activities impacting the solar market in Alberta 
  • Next week's monthly Policy and Research Update circulated to members with all news on Alberta market 
  • Webinar recordings available to our members online: 
    • Competitive Procurement of Renewable Electricity in Alberta 
    • Behind the Meter and Small Power Producer Program Design Considerations 
Members can login to the Members-Only Portal of CanSIA's website to access these benefits or can reach out to us by email for assistance.

 Networking and Events 
Solar West west
With new policies that address climate change and economic diversification, the Canadian western provinces provide a unique opportunity for renewable energy companies, particularly solar energy.
  • HEAR First-hand about new policies and market dynamics evolving in Western Canada.
  • CONNECT and network with policy makers from all levels of government, solar energy professionals and other stakeholders.
  • LEARN about the new market opportunities for the solar industry through the evolving policy and market dynamics in Western Canada.

CanSIA members save $150 on full conference pass -  Register here today!  


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

Join The 28th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre on November 15 & 16, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hear the industry's top experts pinpoint their key issues. Participate in the interactive panels and discussions. Check out the Power Networking Centre featuring select exhibiting sponsors, along with dedicated, unique and diverse networking opportunities.

CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

FNPA Energy Forum: First Nation Renewable Energy FNPA
FNPA is pleased to be hosting the 2nd Annual FNPA Energy Forum: First Nation Renewable Energy in Saskatchewan, on Wednesday, November 16th in Saskatoon, Sask.   

Last year's "sold-out" event focused on how First Nations communities can incorporate renewable energy into their economic development plans. This year's event will focus on power development opportunities in Saskatchewan, successful First Nation partnerships, and funding options for power projects. With Premier Brad Wall's recent announcement to have "50% renewables by 2030", Saskatchewan is positioned as one of the leading markets in North America for power development so we anticipate another full house at this year's forum.

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

Learning Opportunities  
CanSIA Webinar and Feedback Request: Revised Ontario Net Metering Regulation Consultation Net
CanSIA will be submitting feedback to the Ontario Ministry of Energy with regards to their proposed revisions to Ontario's Net Metering Regulation (O. Reg. 541/05).

On September 15, 2016 CanSIA's Director in Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Ben Weir, delivered a Network Webinar about CanSIA's draft submission and proposed revisions to the Ontario Net Metering Regulation. The webinar also included information on additional CanSIA recommendations for revisions to the regulation.

CanSIA Members are strongly encouraged to review the webinar, CanSIA's draft submission and provide feedback through the Members-Only Portal.

To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at

Upcoming CanSIA Network Webinar: Solar & Climate Leadership in AlbertaWebinarAlberta
Date/Time: October 20, 2016 from 12:30PM - 1:30PM MT / 2:30PM - 3:30PM ET

This webinar will present a status update on the renewable electricity policy and regulatory framework development and procurement design in Alberta driven by the province's Climate Leadership Plan on the path to 30% renewable electricity by 2030. Topics discussed included the opportunities, challenges and outlook for solar.

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

To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at

CanSIA Members get 10% discount on SESA's WorkshopsSESA
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.

Upcoming workshops include:
Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling, Edmonton and Calgary
  • Calgary - October 28-30, 2016
  • Edmonton - November 18-20
CanSIA Members can click here to learn more about these workshops and how to access the 10% discount.

The following free seminars are open to the public:
Alberta - A Renewable Energy Superpower? Opportunities for Women in Renewable Energy The Solar Opportunity - Working In The Industry
Business Opportunities   
CanSIA's 2016-2017 Strategic Projects Webinar Recording: How they will impact you and how to participate webstrategic
We have introduced a new slate of Strategic Projects for the 2016-2017 year - more information on each of these projects is available by clicking on a project below: Click here to see CanSIA's Strategic Projects Webinar recording where CanSIA's Member Relations Manager, Lisa Hatina, and Policy Directors, Ben Weir and Patrick Bateman explain why this year's strategic projects are so important and how they will influence key solar markets in Canada. They also shared how some of our members are actively driving these projects and how our broader membership plays a supporting role.

For more information about this year's Strategic Projects, please contact Lisa Hatina by email.

Request For Proposals: Camden Solar ProjectRequest
The Council of the Township of Stone Mills is accepting proposals for the development of a solar project on specific lands identified within the Township identified as Concession 2 Part Lots 26 to 29, Camden.  Corporations or persons with knowledge and experience in the development of solar projects are invited to participate in this process.  Click here to see more submission details.

All submissions are due to the Township of Stone Mills no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 31, 2016. 

Get the Funds to Hire the Talent You Need by Applying for a Green Job Wage SubsidySubsidy
Career Focus Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for employment opportunities that have a green mandate or any job with an employer that has an environmental focus. The program provides up to a maximum of $13,500 in wage subsidies to help employers hire the talent they need and help recent graduates initiate a career.

CanSIA Members can learn more by visiting the Business Opportunities page through the Members-Only Portal.

To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at

Do you know an individual who is an outstanding contributor in the energy sector?WiRE
Nominate a co-worker, industry colleague or even yourself for recognition. WiRE's Woman of the Year Award will be presented as part of the annual Canadian Power Banquet, during the Association of Power Producers of Ontario's 28th Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Centre, and will recognize a Canadian woman in the energy sector who has served the industry with distinction, gone above and beyond the call of duty, and contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector.

Click here to learn more and to submit your nomination.

CanSIA Announcements   
Changes to Circulation of CanSIA's Policy & Research Updatepolicy
CanSIA members show their commitment to the industry in many ways, one of which is their financial support of CanSIA's work on behalf of the industry through their annual membership fees. In recognition of that support, it is only fair that CanSIA members enjoy greater access to valuable information than non-members. To this end, CanSIA will no longer circulate our monthly Policy & Research Update to non-members as of September 1st. CanSIA will, however, continue to circulate the communication to policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders of importance to our industry.

Here is a sneak peek at next week's upcoming Policy and Research Update:
  • Financial Accountability Office of Ontario Finds Electricity Rate Increases In-Line with Other Canadian Provinces
  • Nunavut opens door to renewable energy with new net metering program
  • Ontario Price Review Results Released and FIT 5 Launched
CanSIA Members can access this Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at

Have you signaled your agreement to CanSIA's Solar Business Code of Conduct?code
Protecting and serving consumers by ensuring a fair, safe and informed marketplace is important to CanSIA and to our member companies. In order to safeguard consumers and help ensure a high standard of conduct for members, CanSIA has developed new Consumer Protection Initiatives including the Solar Business Code of Conduct and the Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process. All materials are available here.

All CanSIA members must agree to adhere to the Solar Business Code of Conduct, cooperate with its Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process and subsequent actions taken by CanSIA to enforce the code.

To adhere to this requirement, we ask that all members complete an agreement form, accessible here.

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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