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New Simons has largest solar system in Edmonton

At 177 years-old Simons may be one of the oldest retailers in Canada, but its new Edmonton store has the largest solar system in the city. Standing on top of the new Simons at Londonderry Mall I am surrounded by a sea of 996 solar modules and below in the parking lot I have a birds-eye view of 720 more solar modules on two solar car ports. The solar system is 636 kilowatts, the largest in Edmonton and enough to provide Simons new 90,000 square foot store with half of it’s electricity.

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival rocks energy efficiency

Joni Mitchell, David Byrne, k.d. lang, Joan Armatrading, Passenger, Michael Franti, Blue Rodeo, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello—after attending the Edmonton Folk Music Festival for 22 years, I have seen more cool music there than I have elsewhere in my entire life. It’s not the place I was expecting to find an innovative story about energy efficiency.

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Home builders embrace net-zero with new labeling program

Until quite recently net-zero homes were pioneered mostly by an early adopter group of passionate, mission driven home builders pursuing the holy grail of a self sufficient home that produces all of its own energy.

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PACE financing created $3.4 billion in energy efficiency projects in U.S.

Currently, the biggest barrier to people and organizations investing in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable energy on their buildings is access to affordable financing. That’s according to Brian Scott, an Edmonton developer and Leigh Bond, an entrepreneur who has been working on geothermal and energy efficiency projects for the past decade. That’s why they are both advocating for bringing PACE financing to Alberta.

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Dawning of the age of affordable net-zero homes

Welcome to the future, a time when your home is energy self sufficient, very comfortable and produces almost no utility bills. Landmark Homes of Edmonton, Alberta has announced one of the lowest-priced net-zero homes in Canada. The Pisa sells for $399,737 all in (incl. GST), a real breakthrough in the evolution of buildings that produce all their own energy on a net-annual basis.

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Skeena – Canada’s largest passive house

Welcome to the future, a time when your home is energy self sufficient, very comfortable and produces almost no utility bills. Landmark Homes of Edmonton, Alberta has announced one of the lowest-priced net-zero homes in Canada. The Pisa sells for $399,737 all in (incl. GST), a real breakthrough in the evolution of buildings that produce all their own energy on a net-annual basis.

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Nova Scotia has created the first energy efficiency utility in Canada

What’s that old saying, a penny saved is a penny earned? Nova Scotia really took this idea to heart in 2010 when it created Efficiency Nova Scotia (ENS). EfficiencyOne is the franchise holder of ENS and the first energy efficiency utility in Canada.

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Earthship living in a cold Canadian winter

When we last visited the Kinney Earthship it was a smokin’ hot 30 degrees Celsius outside. Michael Reynolds and his crew from Earthship Biotecture, along with a group of volunteers, were just finishing work on this radically sustainable home. An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun’s energy for heat.

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