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Going Solar at SunMine

Originally Published on the Watershed Sentinel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Kimberly’s city council has a history of embracing innovation. They rebranded Kimberly “the Bavarian city of the Rockies” once it became apparent the Sullivan mine was going to run out. Further ventures into tourism led to the acquisition of the local ski hill and construction of what is now one of Canada’s 10 top golf courses. Both of these projects have since been sold. The city was ready for something new when Michel de Spot, CEO of Vancouver’s Ecosmart Foundation, approached them in 2008. He said the former Sullivan mine is the perfect site for a utility scale solar project.

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One of the Largest Grid Support & Solar Inverter Test Labs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of the World’s largest grid support & solar inverter test labs opened Burnaby BC. Schneider Electric’s MicroGrid Lab was built to support the design and testing of Schneider Electric’s revolutionary SE1 1500V platform. It can test inverters of up to 2MW (6MW total) for compliance with safety and grid interconnection standards under a wide range of environmental conditions while recycling power to conserve energy. You can get solar inverters anywhere but we would recommend using someone who understands the system well, why don’t you check out these solar inverters from Solar man Australia if you are interested in getting some for yourself. Continue reading One of the Largest Grid Support & Solar Inverter Test Labs

BC Hydro Files Application To Increase Nameplate Net Metering Capacity to 100 kW

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOn February 28, 2014, BC Hydro filed an application to the BC Utilities Commission to increase the nameplate capacity limit under Net Metering from 50 to 100 kW.
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Riverside Energy Systems Shows BC’s Solar Potential

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAccording to Dave Egles’ study, the Potential for Solar Power in British Columbia: 2007 to 2025, BC’s climate is much more amenable to solar than either Germany’s or Japan’s. The average production of a PV solar array in Kamloops, for example, is 1160 kWh/kW of PV installed. Even Vancouver (1009) has much more solar potential than Tokyo (885) or Berlin (only 848).  One of our readers has provided more recent data that shows the last two figures are probably too low (see comments, below), but it is obvious BC has a great deal of untapped potential.
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