May 4, 2017,
I am Pam Smith, the chair of the Lendrum Energy Committee. I am very interested in alternative energies and how they could transform our world, particularly solar energy, which is the focus of the following article. In mid-February I attended a presentation jointly given by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) and the City of Edmonton. For fifteen bucks I got four hours of top expertise, food, and drink. These workshops are repeated often during the year solaralberta.ca and are an excellent introduction to the world of solar.
The following points from the workshop (courtesy of Rob Harlan, presenter) amazed me. Things are changing fast:
Let’s take Germany as an example, to help understand the viability of solar power in Alberta:
Through an ambitious, visionary solar development program instigated in 2000, Germany rapidly became the world leader in installed solar capacity while creating a robust solar industry and radically changing how we view electrical generation and distribution.
In 15 years Germany’s electricity went from 6% renewables to 31%. This was accomplished with:
In 2000, Germany had 4 companies supplying electricity. It now has 1.4 million suppliers. 65% of the total renewable energy capacity is now owned by individuals, farmers, cooperatives and communities. Germany’s once powerful utilities now own 6.8% of this sector.
How does Edmonton Compare?
Potential kWh per yr/WPV
If you would like a copy of the PDF from the presentation, please email me, Pam Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a sunshiny day!
No current workshops to attend?? Check out the ones that you missed and see if you can make contact with any of the presenters on your own to gather some information! Also be sure to check out the SESA Seminar Series. There are pdfs available for many of the past presentations!