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EfstonScience named Authorized Solar Distributor for Schneider Electric’s Grid-Tie Inverters for FIT
Ontario FIT compliant, Schneider Electric manufactures the world's most bankable GT Solar Inverters.
EfstonScience, Canada's solar power experts, is pleased to announce eSolar.ca is now the Authorized Solar Distributor for Schneider Electric's Grid-Tie (GT) Central Solar Inverters, formerly known as Xantrex GT Inverters.
Media Release – (November 5, 2012) The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) has partnered with Brant Renewable Energy (BRE) to create opportunities for Brant County residents and businesses to go Green with Renewable Energy. Throughout the month of November a series of community workshops will be held throughout the County and YOU are invited to learn how YOU can be profitable and progressive.
Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, has now announced the first All-Energy Canada, which is being held on October 2nd and 3rd 2013 at Exhibition Place, Toronto. This new event is being held in association with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) and, like the two other All-Energy events, will encompass all aspects of renewable and sustainable energy, combining a major exhibition and highly relevant and topical conference.
Gary Johnson, Interim Chair of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), is pleased to announce that Elizabeth McDonald is joining CEEA as President and CEO.
Improve your opportunity to earn FIT contract priority points with OSEA’s Community Support Resolution Tool
The rapid deployment of renewable energy throughout Ontario is a goal OSEA has consistently advocated. We have successfully advanced this position this through the development of innovative policy alternatives for sustainable energy, the support of grass-roots based community power groups employing the co-operative governance model and by advancing the economic case for distributed energy. OSEA is pleased to launch a new Tool that will assist both community and commercial developers to obtain additional FIT contract priority points.
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is neither surprised nor concerned that electricity prices from renewable sources under the Feed-in tariff (FIT) are expected to drop by at least 25%. The Government of Ontario has demonstrated leadership by passing the Green Energy and Green Economy Act and should aggressively leverage its smart investment, maximizing ratepayer benefit while strengthening the emerging green economy.
(Toronto ON Dec 08, 2011) Today, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) released "Nuclear Power: Where's the Business Case?". This report calls for the Ontario Minister of Energy to cease subsidies to nuclear projects, and adopt a 'degression model'1 which phases out all premiums paid for new renewable energy projects during the next decade.
On behalf of the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario (MCC Ontario), Kitchener resident and film-maker Ken Ogasawara was awarded the grand prize of a 10kW solar PV system, after winning the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s WattsNEXT? green energy video contest. The WattsNEXT? video contest invited Ontarians to share how green energy and conservation are transforming their communities, and making them healthier and more prosperous places to live. Winning videos were determined by which had the most online views.
(Sept. 15, 2011, Toronto, ON) Responding to the growing discussion about the future of green energy in Ontario, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) today unveiled a pair of television advertisements profiling the strengths and benefits of an Ontario-made green energy economy. Kristopher Stevens, OSEA's Executive Director observed, "The ads were produced in response to calls from our membership. They are proud of the positive aspects of the green energy economy in Ontario."
OSEA to host province-wide doors open event on September 24th, 2011. Local businesses, farms, schools, companies and organizations will have the opportunity to showcase their green energy project.
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) to host special four party interview series: A political perspective on renewable energy and conservation in Ontario
To find out how Ontario's political parties see the future of renewable energy and conservation, OSEA has arranged a series of one-on-one interviews to learn about each party's energy platform.
A recent poll, conducted by Oraclepoll Research Limited and commissioned by OSEA, indicates over 7 of 10 Ontarians support green energy initiatives. Province wide support levels were exceptionally high with more than half of the respondents indicating they “strongly agreed” with Ontario’s green energy initiatives. Pollster Dr. Paul Seccaspina noted that, “Despite non-scientific and anecdotal opinions with respect to the public’s views on green energy, our polling indicates strong support across all regions, party affiliations and demographic groups in Ontario.”
July 6th marked the ribbon-cutting of the largest solar installation project in the Greater Toronto Area - and it’s community-owned! The SolarShare WaterView Project features a 438 kW system covering 2.5 acres of the rooftop of the Daimler Buses North America Ltd. manufacturing facility near Lake Ontario in Mississauga. VIP guests Ontario Minister of Labour Charles Sousa and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion cut the ceremonial ribbon on the project to the applause of onlookers and supporters.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is turning up the green energy wattage with the announcement of a video contest, real time online map showcasing green energy supporters, conservation and renewable energy projects and a province wide Green Energy Field Day, all part of the WattsNEXT? contest. WattsNEXT? offers the chance to win exciting prizes (including a complete 10 kilowatt solar system by AS Solar and cash bursaries), while showcasing the power of sustainable energy across Ontario.
A new report released today corrects the misinformation being promoted by anti-wind activists around Ontario. Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario finds that study after study around the world has concluded that there is no scientific basis for claims about health impacts from wind power projects, and that wind power is both technically viable and has economic and environmental benefits for Ontario. The "report aims to introduce some real facts into the debate so that communities can make well informed decisions about wind projects” says Adam Scott, Green Energy Program Manager, Environmental Defence.
April 13, 2011
(Toronto) Ontario’s leading edge builders, designers, academics and policy-makers gathered in Toronto last night to recognize and celebrate top projects in green home building, renovation and design. The first annual OntarioGreenSpec.ca Home Sweet Home Awards Gala and Presentation brought together bright, innovative talent from a variety of disciplines and industries for an inspiring night.
Enfinity Canada Makes Progress at 36 MW plant, Looks to Acquire Delayed Ontario Solar Rooftop Projects
OTTAWA, ON - (Jan. 26, 2011) - Enfinity, a leading international solar power project developer, begins the new year by announcing that construction is underway at its 36 megawatt (MW) Stardale installation in East Hawkesbury, ON. The company is also primed to announce additional projects later this month.
Ontario Government Announces 510 New Renewable Energy Projects: New green energy contracts give a boost to solar power in Ontario
Supporters of renewable energy celebrated today as Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Brad Duguid and Ontario Power Authority CEO Colin Anderson announced 510 new renewable energy projects to receive contracts under Ontario's new feed-in tariff (FIT), the incentive program for renewable power.
International panel of experts conclude sound from wind turbines has no harmful effect on human health
An international panel of experts has released a report based on a review of a large body of scientific literature on sound and health effects, and specifically with regard to sound produced by wind turbines. After extensive review, analysis and discussion, the panel has concluded that sounds or vibrations emitted from wind turbines have no adverse effect on human health.
As the eyes of the world turn to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Ontario must be ready with a strong carbon cap-and-trade plan that will reduce global warming pollution and make the province competitive in a world where action on climate change is the new bottom line, say 23 of the province's environmental organizations.
OSEA’s first annual Community Power Conference was a huge success, attracting over 450 delegates and more than 2,500 attendees to the OSEA and APPrO trade show. Speakers included both international and local experts, while former energy minister, George Smitherman, gave the keynote speech.
The government’s announcement today offers every one of us the opportunity to become energy entrepreneurs by ensuring that any clean energy we produce, will be able to feed into the electricity grid for a fair and profitable price" said Kristopher Stevens, executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.
Close to $900,000 of the patronage rebates will be distributed in the form of tax deferred preference shares thereby allowing the Co-operative to further build its equity. The remaining $800,000 in patronage rebates will be distributed in cash to its Members most of whom operate small to very large greenhouses, co-operatives and other farming operations across Ontario.
Deb Doncaster, executive director of the Community Power Fund and chair of the Green Energy Act Alliance, has been honored with a Green Toronto Award for market transformation.
Half a year after the 7th World Wind Energy Conference was held in Kingston, the government of the Canadian province of Ontario has proposed a Green Energy Act which is likely to become a law in the near future. WWEA strongly welcomes this step and has written a letter to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of Ontario, the Hon. George Smitherman.
New Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Board members represent diversity of sustainable energy sector
Newly elected Board members of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association represent a wide cross-section of people and communities involved in sustainable energy and committed to a Green Energy Act in Ontario.
OSEA, along with the Green Energy Act Alliance, welcomed the government’s announcement that four coal units will be closed early. OSEA is confident that renewable energy can easily make up the difference. “People want to become players in the renewable energy sector, whether that is by installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes and community centre or by investing in wind farms,” Kristopher Stevens, executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, stated in a press release.
AgEnergy distributes $1,700,000 in natural gas patronage rebates.
Canadian renewable energy leaders at World Wind Energy Conference in Korea demand action to secure Canada’s role as an innovator and leader in renewable energy
Renewable energy could power the entire country. A press release by The Solar village.
The Ontario Power Authority released it's proposed Feed-In Tariff programme for Ontario for renewable energy sources.