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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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NFL Eagles fly on 100% renewable energy

When the 70,000 fans of the Philadelphia Eagles fill the stands to cheer for their NFL team they do it at Lincoln Financial Field a stadium powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. Even more impressive, 40 per cent of the electricity used in the stadium comes from 11,000 solar modules and 14 wind turbines mounted right on the stadium.

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From off-the-grid to on-the-stream

Green Business Canada welcomes Siddha Mahajan Lavania as our new Asia Editor and correspondent. A clean energy technology and policy professional, she is going to introduce us to the evolving clean green business and lifestyle from this region of the world that majority would not get to experience.

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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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Brazeau County – Solar in oil country

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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Vulcan builds Canada’s first solar park

It seems fitting that Vulcan, Alberta is home to the first solar park in Canada. After all this small town of fewer than 2,000 people loves making science reality out of science fiction. They built a replica starship enterprise, and a space station-styled visitor centre while declaring themselves full-on Trekkies.

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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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Workers want a just energy transition

Blue Green Canada is an unlikely alliance of labour unions and environmental groups who learned that there was much to be gained by working together rather than at odds. Take the situation in Alberta right now. Alberta’s Climate Leadership plan aims to accelerate the shutting down of the province’s remaining coal plants. Instead, 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030.

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Solar Thermal 101 – getting to net-positive

“He wanted as much solar power as he could get on that building so we’ve maximized the density,” says Jackman. Maximizing density in this case meant installing six solar thermal collectors to produce heat and hot water and five kilowatts of solar PV to produce electricity.

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Prince Edward Island rocks wind power

Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada. It’s known for Anne of Green Gables, mussels, lobster and some “bright red mud” as Stompin Tom Conners called it in his song Bud the Spud, about the red earth that grows one quarter of all the potatoes in Canada. But, perhaps less famous, for lack of a catchy theme song, is that Prince Edward Island (PEI) also has the highest proportion of wind power of any jurisdiction in North America.

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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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Green Energy: The highlights of 2015

“Alberta is going to move away from coal and towards clean power,” said Premier Rachael Notley when, in November, she announced a sweeping plan to accelerate the phase out of coal electricity and replace two thirds of it with renewable energy by 2030. She also said Alberta will put a price on carbon pollution and reinvest the money in clean research and technology, green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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