Grid-tied Power

May Newsletter: Spring Roundup

August 7th, 2015|

  Welcome to Spring! It's great to see the sun out again, and feel the temperature warming up. We've had a busy few months, recently finishing up several solar electric installations with the Comox Valley Regional District. Read the story here... It's also time to start thinking about the cost-effective and highly efficient option of [...]

New Terratek Service: Certified Energy Management

August 7th, 2015|

Terratek is pleased to announce the recent qualification of principal Scott Fleenor as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). This designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence and proficiency in the energy management profession. "It allows us to further help our customers save energy," says Scott. "We can now break down a [...]

EcoEnergy Funding for Aboriginal and Northern Communities

August 7th, 2015|

The ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program (EANCP) is a federally funded program focused on promoting clean energy projects in Aboriginal and Northern Communities. Applications will be accepted May 1, 2013 to June 7, 2013. Up to $250,000 is available in funding for technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing fossil fuels, such [...]

Green Website Features Terratek’s Solar/Wind

August 7th, 2015|

The Auto West Group in Richmond, BC has a new green website that features all of their renewable energy initiatives. The dealership has an impressive amount of innovative green design, with geothermal heating and cooling, a roof top apiary to compliment their green roof gardens, two underground tanks collecting storm water runoff for irrigatation use, [...]

Solar Installs Put Gas Tax Funds to Good Use in Comox Valley

August 7th, 2015|

Four brand new solar photovoltaic systems, also known as solar electric, are soaking up the spring sunshine and lowering energy costs for the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) on Vancouver Island, BC. The installations are part of a rural areas implementation plan for the Comox Valley sustainability strategy, and were fully paid for by the [...]

Pay No PST: Solar & Wind

August 7th, 2015|

We are happy to announce that as of April 1, 2013, our solar and wind renewable energy systems are now PST exempt with the return from HST to a provincial sales tax system of GST and PST. Under the list of PST exemptions from the provincial government is “energy conservation” personal property which includes: solar [...]

History of Solar Energy

August 7th, 2015|

Check out the great graphic below featuring the groundbreaking pioneers of solar technology, from the first solar oven to the world's first solar thermal power station, built in Egypt by Frank Shuman, in 1913. More fascinating graphics on the history of solar can be found on the Solar Energy Industries Association Pinterest board "History of [...]

Solar: Did You Know?

August 7th, 2015|

While solar PV in canada has been on the rise from 2008-2011 according to a Renewable Energy Investment: Canada report by Ernst & Young in 2011, our country is ranked 12th in the global PV market (tied with Slovakia) at 500 MG. This is significanly behind world leaders like Germany and the U.S. The top ten are: Germany: 24,700 [...]

Campbell River “Family Energy Challenge” Heats Up

August 6th, 2015|

Residents in Campbell River are vying for five spots in the city's Energy Challenge, which will video document 30 days of energy efficient home challenges and turn those clips into a film about the project. After a series of interviews with families of all ages, the chosen five families will film their intent to conserve [...]

Surrey, Vancouver and Colwood in Earth Hour City Challenge

August 6th, 2015|

The Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps towards a 100% renewable future. The jury has selected 17 cities and municipalities that have shown an extraordinary will to support this transition. Amongst the competition are the City of Vancouver, the City of Surrey and the City of Colwood. Cast [...]