Energy Shift

Charging a Tesla Electric Vehicle with Solar

I recently visited a client who would like to charge his new Tesla Type S electric car with Solar power. He has room to install 12 panels on his South facing roof which will provide enough solar power for him to drive 15,000 km’s per year. I am a car …


Will Solar Get Inexpensive for Everyone to Use?

Solar power has been in use since the 1950’s. And since that time 60 years ago, the price of solar panels has been dropping and dropping. And with BC Hydro rates steadily increasing now and into the foreseeable future (See our Blog Post – Why are BC Hydro Rates Rising …


Portable Solar Panel Power Station

What do you get when you combine a shipping container, solar panels and trailer? Well you get a portable off the grid solar power generating station that also generates clean drinking water! A company called Ecosphere Technologies has created the Ecos Power Cube. With the ability to generate power …


T’Sou-ke FN Leads Way in Canadian Renewable Energy

In 2009 T’Sou-ke First Nation became a leader in the Canadian renewable energy industry.  They installed a 75kW solar energy system that powers all of the administration building and provides an annual stream of income by selling the excess power to BC Hydro. Last week I had the honour …


Why are BC Hydro rates rising by 45%?!

Last week the National post reported that BC Hydro had to borrow $3 billion (that’s BILLION “with a B”) in order to pay a mandatory annual dividend to the Provincial Government. After reading the story I went through the BC Hydro Service Plan 2014/15–2016/17 in order to get a …


Energy Shift Requires Shift in Conversation

I just read the “Energy Shift” article by David Suzuki and it made me think of a discussion that I had with a man I met last week. He was listening to a colleague and I talk about Solar energy vs non renewable resources and he joined in by …


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