Solar Hot Water

The Season for Solar Pool Heating

August 7th, 2015|

Heating an outdoor pool in the summer months can account for as much as 60% of a home’s summer energy bills, making it more expensive to heat a pool in the summer than the house in the winter, according to BC Hydro. Each degree you set your pool’s temperature above 25.5 degrees C will cost [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Come Down and See Us at the BC Home and Garden Show

August 6th, 2015|

We will be at the BC Home and Garden Show, at BC Place in Vancouver from Feb. 20 - Feb. 24. Stop by and get information on renewable energy options for your home or business, check out our energy monitor display and enter to win! Show times: Wednesday Feb. 20: 4pm - 9pm Thursday, Feb. 21: 12pm  - 9pm [...]

Terratek on CBC

August 6th, 2015|

We spoke with Duncan McCue on CBC's The National recently, about renewables in Canada vs. The U.S. Check out the story: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV%20Shows/The%20National/ID/2335849444/

In the Press: Commercial Clients See the Light with Solar Energy in the Lower Mainland

August 6th, 2015|

Article by Peter Caulfield, as published in the Journal of Commerce The City of Vancouver and many other Lower Mainland municipalities have passed bylaws that encourage the use of solar energy. However, many people in B.C.'s construction industry still don't know how solar works or its benefits. Seminar W08 Incorporating Solar Into New Builds within [...]

Solar Domestic Hot Water Schematic

August 6th, 2015|

Solar hot water systems convert sunlight into heat through solar collectors mounted on the roof. Water, or a water/antifreeze solution, carries heat from the collectors and pumps it through a heat exchanger to a tank for storage and subsequent use. The solar collector is mounted on or near your home facing south. As the sunlight [...]