Category: Our News.

Solar Energy on a Housing Co-op in Vancouver

Posted by in Front, News, Our News, on February 17, 2022

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 […]

New Federal Grant for Solar Energy

Posted by in Front, News, Our News, on May 28, 2021

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 […]

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 Often they are relying on outdated information to make decisions.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 […]