Grid-tied Power

Custom Built Dream Home

August 7th, 2015|

When John and Colette Van Aerde, from Nanaimo, BC, decided it was time to build their dream home, they hired local developer Emauel Hajek (Emanuel Homes) to help them design and construct their dream house. With a passion for sustainable building practices, the driving force behind the construction of the house came from Hajek’s desire [...]

BC Hydro to Raise Rates by 26%. Interview with Terratek on Chek News

August 7th, 2015|

Following today’s news of BC Hydro’s proposed rate increase of 26% within the next few years, Chek News interviewed Terratek to find out more about alternative energy solutions. For the full story see the attached video here.

Canada’s Greenest Home Project

August 7th, 2015|

A contemporary new show home in North Vancouver is on track to be one of the greenest in Canada; the result of a two-year project for Naikoon Contracting's Joe Geluch. The house, known as Midori Uchi, which means "green home" in Japanese, is certainly living up to its name. The building incorporates the most advanced [...]

St. Mary’s Hospital: An Innovative Approach to Healing

August 7th, 2015|

From the aboriginal-inspired architecture, to the solar photovoltaic system installed on the roof, the newly expanded St. Mary's Hospital in Sechelt, BC, provides patients and staff with a vibrant link to the surrounding natural landscape. According to a press release sent out in the spring for the hospital's reopening, members of the Sechelt Indian Band [...]

School’s Solar Project Gets Off The Ground And Onto Roof

August 7th, 2015|

Princess Margaret School in Surrey sits a little taller under the sun after a student-led installation of a roof-top solar photovoltaic system, which will offset electricity costs and lower carbon emissions. The idea for the system began two years ago by the Grade 10 Environmental Club, who set to work raising the necessary funds, with a [...]

One of BC’s Smallest School Districts Goes Big With Solar

August 7th, 2015|

While the solar PV system at Sk'aavgaa naay Elementary School in Skidegate, on Haida Gwaii has only been installed for just over a month, the savings are already accumulating. Environmental equivalents achieved include enough energy to power a TV for 14,706 hours, or to power 16 computers for one year. Total greenhouse gases avoided to [...]

Talk of BC Hydro Rate Increases Brings to Light the Benefits of Renewable Energy

August 7th, 2015|

BC Hydro will likely increase their rates in the very near future, according to Energy Minister Bill Bennett in a recent Vancouver Sun article. According to the article, Bennett says rate hikes are inevitable due to necessary capital investments. In terms of renewable energy in BC, this means a more attractive return on investment. Right [...]

New Electric Car Charging Stations Connect Vancouver Island

August 7th, 2015|

The Regional District of Nanaimo is plugging in with 12 electric vehicle charging stations around the region. Their planning grant was provided by the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund and Plug-In BC, which has been supporting a province-wide network of electric vehicle charging stations in 2012-2013. Electric vehicles (EVs) are not yet common on Vancouver Island," [...]

Residential Grid-Tie Wind System Case Study, Courtenay BC

August 7th, 2015|

Homeowners on a rural property in Courtenay began building their dream home in 2009 and one of their renewable energy goals was to install a wind electric system. Good access to prevailing southeast and northwest winds made for a feasible wind site, with no land permitting required for their hobby farm. An electrical permit and [...]

In the News: Vancouver Sun

August 7th, 2015|

We recently provided solar PV panels and oversaw a student install at Princess Margaret Secondary, in Surrey. The project was in partnership with BCIT's electrical apprenticeship program, allowing the high school students to gain university credit through the installation project. http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Surrey+high+school+solar+panels+shining+example+green+action+with+video/8452478/story.html