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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 […]

BC Just Set a New Record for Solar Energy

Posted by in News, Our 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, Our 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, Our 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, Our News, on May 31, 2017

We have had a few people ask about SolarGaps (, 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 […]

Limited Time Deals on Solar Energy

Posted by in News, Our News, on March 20, 2017

We wanted to let you know about some special offers we currently have available. Micro Inverters Based on special pricing from the manufacturer for a limited time we are able to offer the 25 year extended warranty on micro-inveters at no extra charge.  This will only be available on contracts signed before April 10th, 2017. […]

Solar Powered Van

Posted by in Front, News, Our News, on March 17, 2017

Normally we are installing solar energy systems to power buildings and the grid.  But sometimes we get to work on smaller more portable systems.  Last week the VREC crew designed and installed a solar energy system for a van. The van owner regularly camps out in his vehicle and has a deep cycle battery to […]

Snow and Solar Energy

Posted by in News, Our News, on March 8, 2017

With the unusual snow fall here on BC’s south coast we have been getting a few questions about how snow fall will affect the performance of solar energy systems. If a photovoltaic panel is completely covered in thick snow it will stop producing power.  However, there are few important things to keep in mind about […]