Vancouver Renewable Energy is at it again! We’ve just completed the installation of a 3.5 kW Solar panel array that feeds into BC Hydro. This beautiful cabin in the woods was a pleasure to work on from start to finish. It was not without it’s difficulties though. A 40 degree roof can be difficult to deal […]
VREC recently installed a solar energy system at Quest University in Squamish just in time for the city officially becoming a Solar City. The 4.1 kW grid-tie system was a student lead project that is primarily designed for educational purposes. Production from the system can be viewed on-line. The system uses Trina modules and AP […]
VREC recently completed another grid-tie photovoltaic (PV) installation in East Vancouver. The fourteen module photovoltaic system mounted on the south-facing upper roof will produce approximately 4,200 kWh annually – enough to supply the average Vancouver home with nearly half its energy needs or to power an energy efficient household year-round. An average Canadian household uses […]
Combining Solar Energy and Tesla EV in Vancouver.
We have put together an interactive map of the solar energy installations we have done since 2004 Zoom out to view our installations outside the Lower Mainland. In some cases you can see the current production of the solar energy systems. Click on the icon for the link. You can also see a map of […]
VREC is pleased to launch a new project that allows BC residents to invest in cooperatively-owned community energy projects. Even if you don’t own a home or can’t afford to install a complete system, you can still own part of a solar energy system. For more information visit solshare.ca.
Not only are garages set back from major shade structures, they also provide a number of advantages such as easy rooftop access, convenient and simple wiring options, lower wind load, and hip roofs which allow at lest some of the modules to face due south. Such advantages make for more affordable installations, with greater overall production.
Dow’s Powerhouse solar energy shingles are now available in Canada and VREC is ready to install them here in Vancouver.
This summer, VREC installed a new solar pool heater on the roof of the Slumber Lodge in Hope, BC. Solar pool heaters have allowed for GHG-free 3-season pool use for decades. Water is simply circulated through hundreds of small rubberized tubes on the hot roof whenever the roof temperature exceeds that of the pool. The […]
Often we are asked if it makes sense to install solar energy when we live in area where our electricity is primarily hydro power – a fairly “green” energy source. An IPPC study found that Solar Photovoltaic (PV) energy has a carbon intensity of 48 g CO2e / kWh. This figure includes full life-cycle emissions. […]