Energy Shift

Electric Vehicles Powered by Solar

With the number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road increasing annually and the number of car manufacturers now jumping into the EV market with a solid line up of models, the options for buyers has never been better.  Chevy Volt and Spark, Ford Focus Electric, BMW i3, Tesla …


How does an electric car charger work?

When it comes to electric cars, the biggest hurdle up until the last few years or so was how would electric vehicle (EV) owners charge their EV’s when at home or on the road. But in the past two years, there have been substantial efforts by municipalities, cities and towns …


Solar Power Explained in 3 minutes

This animated video is part of the  “Energy 101” series from EnergyNow! with an inside look at solar-power technology. The video breaks down the different types of solar devices and how they work, detailing the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.


Tesla Home Battery Energy Storage

When Solar Panels are installed on a home or business, they can help reduce your annual electricity bill. Depending on the number of panels that can fit on the available roof, your annual electricity bill can reduced by 100%. Some solar panel systems can even generate even more power …


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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