Energy Shift

Could Solar Energy Power the World?

How many square km’s would you need to cover in solar panels to meet world energy needs? This question has been asked since solar power has been used to generate power. Back in 2009 a blog post titled “Total Surface Area Required to Fuel the World With Solar” asked this …


Leader’s Summit Pledges 50% Cleaner Power by 2025

The “Three Amigos” met at this year’s North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa to discuss trade, security and energy. President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to have the continent produce 50% of it’s power from non-emitting (zero carbon) sources by 2025. This pledge will …


Are Solar Panels Bad for our Environment?

Solar power is at the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Petroleum producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are investing in massive solar projects and exporting technology. Solar energy prices have dropped 80% in the past few years, efficiency is climbing every year and large deep pocketed investors are …


Solar Power Eliminates Power Bill for NWT Man

The goal of anyone who installs Solar Panels on their home or business is to reduce or completely eliminate their power bill. The environmental benefits also play a part in the decision but the bottom line is consumers look at the bottom line on their path to purchase. A …


Clean Alternatives for Transporting Freight

Semi-trucks and trains are the preferred choice for transporting goods around North America. With over 250,000 truck drivers on the road, these trucks transport over 66% of the $300 billion in goods and services that go between Canada and US in 1 year. And with 612,000 trucks trips occurring …


Could fossil fuels be phased out in a decade?

As with any energy shift, the time it takes to move our industries and communities can vary depending on a lot of factors. With the conversation around the shift from an oil based energy economy toward a cleaner energy sector is really ramping up, it is interesting to look …


Green Industrial Revolution

The new federal budget has increased funding for transitioning to a greener economy. But according to CBC Radio Host Bob McDonald, each Canadian will have to do their part to help the green industrial revolution by investing in it. In a recent article McDonald outlines “Why we need a …


Avoid BC Hydro Rate Hikes with Solar Power

BC Hydro rates in the next 5 years will have increased 28% since 2013 and a total of 45% more in the next ten years. Hydro rates will continue to increase year after for at least the next 20 years. The average customer will pay $324 more per year …


Tesla Powerwall and Peak Demand

Installations of the new Tesla Powerwall have begun and Australian residents are the first in the world to give them a go. Tesla determined that rolling out this power storage system in the Land Down Under made sense as Australia has the world’s highest residential solar power adoption rate. …


BC Solar Initiatives Needed

Power consumers and municipalities in BC need solar power initiative programs like the one unveiled in Alberta this month. Alberta has slated $5.5 million for new solar power programs aimed at helping build the solar infrastructure. The government will provide rebates to municipalities up to $0.75 per watt to …


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