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 […]
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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 […]
There have been plenty of news stories over the last few days about various price increases that have been implemented this month. One of them is a 3% increase in BC Hydro rates. But not everyone is paying more. Home owners and businesses who have purchased a photovoltaic system won’t see any increase in the […]
Whenever VREC visits a potential site for solar, one of our principle considerations, naturally, is sun exposure. In ideal circumstances, we look for a wide open south-facing roof, a 20-40 degree slope, and no significant sources of shade such as chimneys, trees, or buildings. A quick look on Google Earth shows that this is not […]
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, […]
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 Often they are relying on outdated information to make decisions.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 […]
Another homeowner in Richmond, BC is generating power with Solar Energy. VREC installed this system in August and it has now been generating power for over four months. The system uses 26 Trina modules and micro-inverters. It is expected to generate over 7,100 kWh per year which will cover about 90% of the homeowners electrical […]
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 […]