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 […]
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One of the more unique methods of “viewing” the eclipse is to watch the real time monitoring from a solar energy systems along he eclipse path.
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’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 […]
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 […]
We have had a few people ask about SolarGaps (https://solargaps.com), 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 […]
Once again politicians and industry groups are attacking Vancouver’s policy to reduce the use of natural gas in the city. Not only do they get the basic nature of the policy wrong (it is not a ban), they also misrepresent the alternatives to natural gas. Induction Cooking The critics point out the many cooks and […]
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. […]
It’s the first day of spring, and VREC’s latest PV installation, an 8.1 kW system in Tsawwassen, BC, is switched on and already feeding plenty of power back to the grid. This 27-panel installation will likely more than offset the electrical consumption of the household. This installation for VREC marked our first time using 300-watt […]
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 […]