Category: News.

Point Grey Home Takes Advantage of East and West Exposure

Posted by in News, on January 12, 2018

Whenever VREC visits a potential site for solar, one of our principle considerations, naturally, is sun exposure.  In ideal circumstances, we look for a wide open south-facing roof, a 20-40 degree slope, and no significant sources of shade such as chimneys, trees, or buildings. A quick look on Google Earth shows that this is not […]

VREC Solar Looks Ahead to 2018

Posted by in News, on December 22, 2017

As the year draws to a close and the globe rounds the bend, slowly pointing the northern hemisphere back toward the sun, VREC has much to look forward to in the coming year.  Here are a few highlights: Higher-efficiency PV Modules!:  4 years ago, 60-cell PV modules (solar panels) were barely hitting 250 Watts.  Today, […]

Update on the Economics of Solar Energy in BC

Posted by in News, on December 18, 2017

With falling photovoltaic prices and raising utility rates the economics of solar energy in BC have changed significantly since we first started installing back in 2004. However, we find that some people are unaware of how much it has changed. Often they are relying on outdated information to make decisions. Equity payback (which takes into […]

VREC Installs Northernmost Community Solar Project

Posted by in Front, News, on September 20, 2017

On August 31 Vancouver Renewable Energy (VREC) staff returned from Pond Inlet, NU, after installing a 9.3 kW photovoltaic system on the hamlet’s Community Hall. Three weeks later, as of September 20, the installation of 32 290-Watt panels has offset 590 kWh of electrical consumption, equal to $577 savings on the municipal power bill. This […]

BC Just Set a New Record for Solar Energy

Posted by in News, on June 23, 2017

Yesterday BC set a new record for solar energy production.  There were clear skies over much of the province on one of the longest days of the year. Many of our solar energy systems recorded the highest generation of the past 12 months.   On-line real time monitoring and data logging allows us to view production […]

Vancouver Mayor Launches Our Solar Energy Installation

Posted by in Front, News, on June 20, 2017

Vancouver’s Mayor helped launch one of our recent photovoltaic installations today.  The project is on the City of Vancouver’s Creekside Paddling Centre and was initiated by Solar Now.   Funding for the project came from Clean Energy Canada, Community Energy Association, North Growth Fund, The Great Climate Race and Bullfrog Power. It is a 15.6 kW […]

Higher Efficiency Solar Energy in Vancouver

Posted by in Front, News, on June 19, 2017

Last week our crew installed some high efficiency LG Neon-2 photovoltaic panels on a home in Vancouver.  These panels have a module efficiency of 18.7% (if you are comparing make sure you look at module not cell efficiency).  They also have a “all black” appearance which is an aesthetic that some people prefer.  It will […]

There are some gaps with SolarGaps

Posted by in News, on May 31, 2017

We have had a few people ask about SolarGaps (https://solargaps.com), a new product that turns windows blinds into solar panels. Here are some things to consider about this product: Price The kickstarter price for a “medium” sized blind is $735 (USD).  This is about the same size as a standard 60-cell module which we sell […]