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 […]
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 […]
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.
Vancouver Renewable Energy (VREC) had another record breaking year in 2013 for solar photovoltaic systems installation.
This June will mark seven years that North Vancouver resident Dough Horn has been producing all of his electrical needs from a solar energy system on his roof.
A VREC client was featured in BC Hydro’s online newsletter. We installed a solar hot water system on the new home of these Vancouver residents.
Given the relative cost of solar energy and the resources needed to produce solar equipment, we believe that systems should be designed to optimize production. There are many factors that can contribute to a system preforming optimally and proper design is crucial. Unfortunately architects, builders and even solar installers do not always understand these design […]
A CBC news story yesterday featured a home in Burnaby where VREC installed a photovoltaic (solar energy) system.
As part of our commitment to educating the next generation about renewable energy, VREC was proud to be part of an installation at an elementary school in Vancouver. Admiral Seymour Elementary School installed a 2.4 kW grid-tie system on the roof of its east building. It was the first photovoltaic installation on a school in […]
The recent storms and power outages here on BC’s south coast have many people thinking about how to generate power when the grid goes down. A solar photovoltaic (PV) system combined with a battery array is one option to consider.