Solar PPAs in Zone 2 Communities Businesses in communities like Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake, Bella Coola and Haida Gwaii can install solar energy without any upfront costs and potentially save money through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). These communities are pay electrical rates based BC Hydro’s Zone 2 tariff. That means they pay higher rates […]
Author: Rob Baxter
This 4.06 kW photovoltaic system was installed by VREC in Burnaby. It uses Heliene 280W Modules (Canadian Made) with micro-inverters. It has been delivering clean energy to the home for over four years now.
VREC Solar recently completed the installation of a 5.92 kW photovoltaic system on Trout Lake Housing Co-op in Vancouver. It uses 370 W Silfab 370W 66 cell mono Elite All Black Module modules (panels). These modules are manufactured in Bellingham, WA. It was exciting to use panels manufactured in our local bio-region. It was also […]
We are cleaning out our warehouse and have some items we need to clear out: used Xantrex GT 3.0 Inverter – this was from our first install. When we moved the array the inverter was still still working although a bit rusty. Note that due to changes in the electrical code you will need to […]
The Government of Canada has announced a new incentive program to encourage home retrofits that increase energy efficiency. The program includes grants for photovoltaic (solar energy) systems: $1000 per kW up to a maximum of $5000 for solar on single-family homes a flat $1000 for solar on MURBs (multi-unit residential buildings of three or fewer […]
Some of our customers have told us that they are hearing rumors that Tesla Powerwalls are not available until next year. They are prioritizing availability based to contractors / distributors based on their installation track record. Currently we are still far enough up the queue to get them quickly. We just took delivery of one […]
As a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic VREC Solar has made significant changes to the way we do business to support the health and safety of our staff, customers and the wider community. Some of the changes include: All office staff are now working from home. Our office is open by appointment only. All […]
Recently VREC Solar became a certified living wage employer. We have had a living wage policy in affect for a few years now and decided to make it official.
It is not often we get to see a solar energy system producing energy for 24 hours a day. But for the last couple of months one of our systems has been doing just that. The system in Pond Inlet, NU is located well above the arctic circle and the sun is currently above the […]
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 […]