The city of Yukon installed solar panels on its government buildings a few years ago. The result: reliable solar power even in places which get little sunshine. Since 2009, the Yukon Energy Solutions Centre has been monitoring the performance of the solar panels installed on government buildings. They recently released a report, stating that [...]
Every homeowner typically deals with utility expenses sapping a good deal of his monthly budget– you may have had to sacrifice some wants to pay extra for the needs. However, as a CBC news report shows, there’s one other option to consider: "A Surrey resident has drastically cut his electricity bill by installing solar [...]
When you think of ‘Solar Power’ what is it that comes into your head? For a lot of people their immediate thought or image is of Solar Panels mounted on roofs which convert sunlight into electricity. In technical terms these Solar Panels are known as Solar Photovoltaic modules or Solar PV and converting sunlight into [...]
For those of you in the Vancouver area, Terratek will once again be attending the annual BUILDEX Vancouver Tradeshow on February 19th and 20th (that’s this Wednesday and Thursday), held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. If you are able to make it, please stop by to say hello. We hope to see as many [...]
Electricity is a vital utility, but it will cost you— the average Canadian household pays about $100 dollars per month for it. For one Surrey resident though, his power bill is a simple $3. How did he do it? Daniel Jennings of OffTheGridNews.com reports on the details: Hans Wekking of Surrey, British Columbia, pays [...]
The mass of solar arrays mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) is as big as a football field. All eight arrays provide the ISS with around 110 kW of solar energy. In contrast, solar panels installed on a typical home generate between 2 kW and 6 kW, depending on the system installed. At least [...]
In Canada, where efforts are being made to cut down on cities’ carbon footprints, recent developments surrounding coal mining in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia are being compared. Mike Chisholm reports on this for the Vancouver Observer. It may be the industrial heartland of Canada, but Ontario took a major step forward this [...]
With energy prices continuing to increase Canadian Property Management published an article on Solar Energy’s Return on Investment. To read the full article click here.
It is official - BC Hydro rates are increasing significantly over the next decade. As of April next year there will be an increase of 9%, followed by a further 6% in 2015 and resulting with a total increase of 28% over the next 5 years. To read more on the increased rates click here.
It might come as a surprise to you but Geoexchange systems are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool a home. The system works by utilizing the naturally constant temperature of the earth, or a body of water in combination with a ground source heat pump. Put simply, by using the same [...]