CanSIA Solar Beat
Solar News
On February 15th, the Calgary Herald published an op-ed written by CanSIA President & CEO John Gorman titled 'Here Comes the Sun - Alberta's next chapter on renewable energy'.
Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, will be building Canada's largest off-grid solar project with hopes of having it up and running by fall 2020. Once complete, the project will consist of 7,500 solar panels and will help offset 800,000 litres of diesel fuel that the community relies on for power.
"Walking through the doors of Regina’s Lakeview School, you can feel the excitement. Students have been learning about Saskatchewan's solar capacity, and they’re thrilled to learn that Regina has some of
the best solar power potential in Canada."

Watch how students at Lakeview School in Regina are learning about their province's solar potential.
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An airport operator in Spain, Aena, has plans to cut its carbon emissions by investing €250 million on solar panels on close to half of its airports. The company currently spends €75 million annually on energy bills, and is estimated to save €52 million a year when the installations are complete.
China has announced that it will be building a gigawatt-scale solar power plant that will float 36,000 km above the Earth's surface. If successful, the station will generate power 99% of the time and energy produced will be sent down to Earth via a receiving device.
A 70-year-old train in Byron Bay, Australia, now runs on power generated from the sun. Previously running on diesel, upgrades to the train include specially designed curved solar panels that can generate 6.5kW of energy, a custom-built electric traction drive, and a regenerative braking system that helps charge the batteries when the brakes are in use.
Graybar Energy Ltd.
Upcoming Events
May 2019
Join an estimated 2200 attendees and up to 100 exhibitors in Calgary from May 8-9, 2019 at Canada's must-attend event for solar energy professionals, stakeholders and advocates. Our comprehensive conference program will drive discussion, deliver insight and highlight opportunities in Canada’s solar power industry. The Expo Hall includes suppliers representing the entire supply chain: solar integration, development, engineering and EPC, equipment manufacturers, utilities, consultants, federal, provincial and municipal governments, communities, and students.

Dive into the most important themes shaping Canada’s solar industry of today and tomorrow including:

- Decarbonization & Electrification
- Distributed Solar & Storage
- Large Solar & Storage

Announced Keynote Speakers include:
● Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University
● Katharine Hayhoe, Professor - Climate Change Center, Texas Tech University
● J. Charles Smith, Executive Director, Energy Systems Integration Group
Grasshopper currently seeking to acquire FIT projects to expand asset base.
Grasshopper Solar Corporation
With over $1 Billion in solar assets and projects in various stages across Canada, USA and Japan, Grasshopper has a proven track record of helping developers and asset owners monetize their projects while maximizing value to all. Have a project in mind? Let’s connect! Please e-mail
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CanSIA would like to welcome the following companies and organizations that have joined as Corporate and Supporter members:

- Alectric Solar Inc.
- Bird Construction Industrial Services Ltd.
- EfficiencyOne
- Helical Pier Systems Ltd.
- McNally Contractors (2011) Ltd.
- Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership
Looking for a job in renewable energy? Check out the latest member employment opportunities posted on our site!

CanSIA Members can post job listings free of charge. To post a job on the CanSIA website, please send your employment opportunity in PDF format to
Naylor Association Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions
As part of an effort to streamline our communications to you, CanSIA sends out a monthly Member Benefits and Services newsletter. This newsletter brings together member benefit announcements into one monthly communication where information can be more easily accessed. Please rest assured that, where valuable to our members, time-sensitive benefits will be communicated separately as urgent news.

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CALGARY, AB, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 - Three new solar electricity facilities to be built in south eastern Alberta (Canada) have been selected through a competitive process to supply the Government of Alberta with 55 per cent of their annual electricity needs. The facilities will be built near Hays, Tilley, and Jenner, by Canadian Solar with Conklin Métis Local #193 as 50-percent equity owners.