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Proposed Amendment to the Net Metering Program

Posted by in News, Our News, on May 25, 2018

On April 20th BC Hydro announced changes to the net-metering program. The announcement was made late on a Friday afternoon, which is when one makes announcements that you hope the public and media will ignore. About 95% of the projects under net-metering are solar energy (photovoltaic) projects. The immediate change would limit the size of […]

VREC Solar Looks Ahead to 2018

Posted by in News, Our 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, Our 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 Often they are relying on outdated information to make decisions.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, Our 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 […]