April 30, 2018
Opening Note from Patrick Bateman, Director of Policy & Market Development
There are now just over 50 days to Solar Canada 2018, CanSIA's annual national conference and trade show taking place for the first time in Calgary on June 20 & 21.

We are expecting to hear keynote addresses from speakers including: the provincial Ministers of Environment from Alberta and Nova Scotia the Honourable Shannon Phillips and Iain Rankin; noted renewable electricity system modeller Dr Christopher Clack and lead-author of the "50 States of Solar" and the "50 States of Grid Modernization" Autumn Proudlove.

In addition, the event will play host to numerous plenary, breakout, learning pod and workshop sessions covering the full breadth of key areas of interest for the industry. Personal highlights for me will include: community-generation in Alberta; virtual net-metering in Ontario; solar & storage micro-grids in Quebec and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) in Alberta.

The agenda is available online with new speakers now being added daily. I hope to see you there.
Please read on for further updates from the CanSIA Executive Team.

Policy & Market Development: Utilities & Regulatory Affairs:
CanSIA Announcement
CanSIA launching new Strategic Projects for the 2018-19 membership year
CanSIA knows that many of its members want to play an active role in shaping the business environment for solar in Canada. To that end, CanSIA's Strategic Projects are designed to align with and leverage the strategic objectives of our member companies.

CanSIA has identified the following three strategic projects for the upcoming membership year which will help drive sustainable demand for solar energy across Canada.

Advancing Solar Technology Regulations in Ontario (ASTRO):
The Ontario solar electricity industry is now operating within a more market-driven and regulation-based context. The aim of the Advancing Solar Technology Regulations in Ontario (ASTRO) project is to work collaboratively with Ontario government departments and energy agencies to strategically position and implement existing and forthcoming electricity sector regulations to a) grow the Ontario solar electricity market, and; b) improve solar electricity economics. To learn more about ASTRO's targeted outcomes click here.

Alberta Solar Market Development (ASMD):
The aim of the Alberta Solar Market Development (ASMD) Strategic Project is to capture increasing near-term and long-term market opportunity for solar energy in Alberta's electricity supply-mix and to support the development of the policy and regulatory framework that can enable project development.   This 1-year project will build upon CanSIA's past market development initiatives in the province of Alberta to work toward existing policy commitments, giving rise to near-term solar market opportunities and a path to a sustainable long-term role for solar in the provinces' future electricity needs. To learn more about ASMD's targeted outcomes click here.

Building Public Support for Solar (BPSS):
Leveraging last year's Building Public Support for Solar (BPSS) efforts, this initiative will focus on growth of market opportunities for solar energy through increased public demand. BPSS aims to educate the public on the benefits of solar energy and demonstrate how they can get involved with the solar programs in their region with a trusted CanSIA Member organization. Increased public awareness and demand will be channeled into multi-partisan support for solar energy - informing political leaders and decision makers of the importance of solar energy. To learn more about the BPSS's targeted outcomes click here.
Getting Involved

Members at the Corporate 1, Corporate 2, and Supporter 1 levels are eligible to become Influencers by funding and participating in Strategic Projects. Influencers receive a number of exclusive benefits that are not available through traditional membership and, above all else, access information that can be applied to strategic business planning.

Contact Lisa Hatina , Business Development and Member Relations Manager, to learn more about how your company can participate in the 2018-19 Strategic Projects.
Policy & Market Development

CanSIA Hiring Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Atlantic Canada Region Hiring

With support from the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, CanSIA is creating a newposition within the organization, being a Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The new role will be responsible for helping to grow the solar market in Nova Scotia and throughout Atlantic Canada. If you are interested in this position and want to learn more, please contact CanSIA's HR consultant, Shane DeCoste at Shane.DeCoste@ExpressPros.com .

Patrick Bateman, CanSIA's Director of Policy & Market Development was in Halifax this week speaking at the 2018 Smart Energy Event. His presentation may be viewed online.

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Talks Straight About Electricity in Ontario ONTELECTRICITY

On April 10, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released the annualenergy conservation progress report entitled Making Connections: Straight Talk About Electricity in Ontario . The report addresses 19 questions about electricity in Ontario with each question and answer forming a separate report chapter. 

Chapter 18 of the report asks the following question, "What impact will net metering have on the future of renewable electricity in Ontario?" The report makes numerous recommendations including: facilitating time-of-use pricing for net metering; ensuring siting restrictions and distribution system constraints do not inhibit net-metering; and a growing role for LDC's on renewables and storage.

CanSIA Expecting Ontario Solar Incentive Program To be Announced Soon GreenOn

CanSIA continues to strongly advocate for the announcement of a solar rebate program through the Green Ontario Fund .
Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure PlanLTInfrastructure
The Investing in Canada plan is the Government of Canada's comprehensive, long-term plan for building a prosperous and inclusive country through historic infrastructure investments.

Over the 12 years of the Plan, starting in 2016, the Government will invest over $180 billion in infrastructure - more than doubling existing federal funding - to achieve objectives including improving the resilience of communities and transition to a clean growth economy.

For further information read the comprehensive document that provides detailed information about the objectives of the plan, the streams of investment, and the implementation mechanisms.

"Act to Secure Alberta's Electricity Future" (Bill 13) Introduced in Legislature Bill13

On April 19, the Minister of Energy introduced Bill 13, An Act to Secure Alberta's Electricity Future in the provincial legislature. This legislation encompasses several electricity transition policies, including the transition to a capacity market and small-scale community generation.   A copy of the legislation can be found online .  

"Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements" (Bill 10) Introduced in Alberta's Legislature Bill10

If passed, the Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements would give municipalities the option to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The initiative would allow home and business owners to make their spaces more energy-efficient, without putting any money down. Financing for energy-efficient upgrades (including solar) would be repaid through the building owner's property taxes. "We know that Albertans care about taking action on climate change, and PACE will make it more affordable for them to do just that. This is a win for our municipalities that will be able to implement these programs, a win for home and business owners, and a win for our economy" said Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs. Read more in the government announcement and in the media .
Utilities & Regulatory Affairs

CanCORE Comments on Proposed Federal GHG Emission Regulations for Electricity Sector CanCORE

The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE) represents the aligned interests of the four major national renewable electricity trade associations in Canada: the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA), the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Marine Renewables Canada (MRC). Our overarching goal is to ensure that Canada moves toward achieving our national non-emitting electricity target of 90% by 2030, and close to a 100% non-emitting electricity grid by 2050, to ensure that Canada meets our national climate action and clean growth objectives, and international obligations under the Paris Agreement.
In that respect, we strongly commend the Federal Government for its proposed GHG emission regulations for unabated coal-fired electricity and the accelerated schedule to phase out such generation in Canada by 2030. As your Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) notes, the net-benefit (including compliance costs) of Canada implementing this measure, in addition to an estimated 100 Mt of displaced GHG emissions, would be $2.7 billion (including positive benefits of $3.6 billion in avoided climate change damage and $1.3 billion in health and environmental benefits from air quality improvements). The same resolve apparent in the Federal Government's proposed coal phase-out should, in our view, be consistently implemented throughout the electricity sector where cost-competitive non-emitting options are abundant and ready to be harnessed. Read more in a recent CanCORE submission.
BC Hydro proposes to Amend System Sizing Requirements in Net-MeteringBCHydro
BC Hydro have submitted an application to the B.C. Utilities Commission  to amend the net metering program so that it isn't available to customers who are proposing to oversize their generating facility beyond their own energy needs.  This is an interim step being taken while a broader review of the program is undertaken, that will result in an application being filed with the B.C. Utilities Commission by the end of the calendar year 2018.  Further information is available online .

CanSIA Makes Submission to IESO Virtual Net-Metering Consultation IESO

As part of the Renewable Distributed Generation Integration (RDGI) Fund , the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has launched a consultation process pertaining to Virtual Net Metering (VNM), the RDGI's first investigation topic. The IESO hosted a webinar on March 29, 2018 to introduce the topic of a Virtual Net Metering Pilot Program and requested feedback from stakeholders. With input from the CanSIA Ontario Net Metering Member Forum, you can find CanSIA's submission to the IESO regarding the VNM pilot program here .
The IESO expects draft VNM program documents will distributed in Q2 2018. They will be seeking additional stakeholder comments at that time, while the final program rules are expected to be released in Q3 2018. Furthermore, the IESO expects VNM pilot proposals will be accepted in Q3 2018 and successful proposals will be announced in Q4 2018. CanSIA's Ontario Net Metering Forum will continue to monitor the IESO consultations and materials and will be fully engaged in the IESO stakeholder engagement process, making formal submissions where applicable.
To get more involved, CanSIA Members can join CanSIA's Ontario Net Metering Forum . Through this forum, members can provide input into CanSIA's submissions and be part of CanSIA's ongoing activities related to Ontario net metering and virtual net metering.

Updated PV Ready Guidelines Now Available PVREADY

Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with CanSIA and the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA), has developed an updated version of The Photovoltaics (PV) Ready Guidelines document. The document describes design considerations and specifies modifications builders can make to new attached and detached homes in preparation for the installation of a future photovoltaic system. The design considerations and modifications include the following elements: on the roof, PV conduit installation and termination, wall space, electrical panel rating and network communications. Structural loading considerations are discussed in the Guidelines. These Guidelines are intended to be simple and inexpensive to implement, while enabling significant savings in installation costs should a homeowner choose to install a complete PV system in the future.

For more information visit the Natural Resources Canada website .

Ontario Electricity Rates Will Remain Virtually Unchanged Starting May 1, 2018 ONElecRates

On April 19, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that there will be little change to electricity prices on May 1, 2018. For more information visit the OEB website .