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By | 2017-10-03T19:23:36+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Energy Efficiency Alberta is now running the Fall Residential Rebate Program 

How does it work?
During Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Instant Savings campaign—running from September 28 until October 29—you’ll save instantly on energy-efficient products at participating retailers. Whether it’s LED light bulbs, smart power bars, timers, clotheslines, dimmers or programmable thermostats, we’re offering savings right at the till.
These rebates are helping to make energy efficiency more affordable for Albertans. And that’s not all you’ll save: once you’ve installed these products in your own home, you’ll see your energy bills decrease as well.

Instant Savings of $12 on LED Downlights VIEW HERE

ENERGY STAR® certified LED Fixtures & Recessed Downlight Fixtures
LED lights (integrated and hardwired) use less energy, turn on instantly, are dimmable, don’t contain mercury, and last up to 25 years.
Energy Efficiency Alberta is offering instant rebates of $12 per fixture, with a maximum of $96 per package.

Highbay Incentive Rebates Currently Available for Business, Non-Profit and Institutions

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives to encourage organizations to choose high-efficiency products. Once your organization has installed an approved high-efficiency heating or lighting product you can apply for the rebate. Once approved, you’ll receive a cheque that will help cover the cost of the equipment.

This program encourages organizations to replace outdated and inefficient equipment faster than they may normally, to help reduce emissions.You’ll save money which you can reinvest into your organization, or use however you’d like.

 

Low-, medium- and high-bay fixtures and retrofit kits  Small

  • Lighting output must be less than 10,000 lumens
  • On DLC qualified products list
  • : indoor luminaires  high bay
  • Primary use: high Bay Luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or low bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or high bay aisle luminaires

Rebate

$40/fixture


Low-, medium- and high-bay fixtures and retrofit kits Medium

  • Lighting output must be greater than or equal to 10,000 lumens and less than 15,000 lumens
  • On DLC qualified products list
  • Category: indoor luminaires  high bay
  • Primary use: High bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or low bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or high bay aisle luminaires

Rebate

$100/fixture

 


Low-, medium- and high-bay fixtures and retrofit kits  Large

  • Lighting output must be greater than or equal to 15,000 lumens and less than 20,000 lumens
  • On DLC qualified products list
  • Category: indoor luminaires  high bay
  • Primary use: high bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or low bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or high bay aisle luminaires

Rebate

$140/fixture

 


Low-, medium- and high-bay fixtures and retrofit kits  Very Large

  • Lighting output must be greater than or equal to 20,000 lumens
  • On DLC qualified products list
  • Category: indoor luminaries high bay
  • Primary use: high bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or low bay luminaires for commercial and industrial buildings or high bay aisle luminaires

Rebate

$200/fixture

Get the whole list HERE

‘LED Guy’ knows his lighting, and has low bills to prove it

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Jan 30, 2017

‘LED Guy’ knows his lighting, and has low bills to prove it

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Paul DeMara of North Delta uses a Rainforest EMU-2™ energy monitor – available through BC Hydro – to get real-time feedback on his electricity use. Five years ago he replaced all his incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and his BC Hydro bills are significantly lower because of it.

North Delta man has replaced one LED since installing 124 back in 2012 (more…)

Iron and Earth: oilsands workers call for training in renewable energy

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Published: May 15, 2016 – Green Energy Futures

The call to action on the Iron and Earth website says it all:

 “As oil sands workers, or friends and family of somebody in the energy industry, we acknowledge the contribution of fossil fuel extraction projects to our lives and livelihoods. As global citizens, we also acknowledge the need to reach climate change targets. Let’s seize this opportunity and create jobs in the renewable energy sector.”

Lliam Hildebrand is an boilermaker and oilsands worker that helped found Iron and Earth to call on training in renewable energy for out of work oil workers.

Lliam Hildebrand is a boilermaker and oilsands worker that helped found Iron and Earth to call on training in renewable energy for out of work oil workers.

Lliam Hildebrand is first and foremost a boilermaker. On his last oilsands project in northern Alberta, a colleague said to him over lunch, “Man, oil prices are still dropping. They’re going to go below $30 soon, and if we don’t start diversifying our jobs into renewables, our union is screwed.”

It was many conversations like this that inspired Hildebrand to join forces with other like-minded oilsands workers to start Iron and Earth, a campaign calling for training and retraining in renewable energy.

New energy jobs for energy workers

“Our primary goals are number one, to build up the workforce capacity to build renewable energy projects in Canada and in Alberta,” says Hildebrand, now the executive director of Iron and Earth. “Secondly, we want to help build up the manufacturing sector required to build renewable energy. And third, we want to ensure that our contractors and unions can position themselves within this emerging sector.”

Iron and Earth has attracted 4,000 supporters and 450 workers interested in renewable energy training since launching.

Iron and Earth has attracted 4,000 supporters and 450 workers interested in renewable energy training since launching.

The campaign has really taken off. “It’s been absolutely incredible, the amount of attention and support we’ve received so far,” says Hildebrand. “We only launched a month and a half ago, and we already have 4,000 people who have signed our pledge and over 450 of those are actually workers interested in the program and excited about our initiative.”

Hildebrand says that diversification is already built into how various trades operate.

“These tradespeople actually work in all of these industries, whether it’d be coal or natural gas or the oilsands,” says Hildebrand. “So the work force is capable of diversifying, just as we’re capable of diversifying our energy grid.”

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Workers want a just energy transition

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

As Coal-fired electricity is phased out workers want a say in what their future looks like

Category: Renewable Energy

Published: November 16, 2016 – Green Energy Futures

By David Dodge & Dylan Thompson GreenEnergyFutures.ca

Blue Green Canada is an unlikely alliance of labour unions and environmental groups who learned that there was much to be gained by working together rather than at odds.

Dan Woynillowicz, Clean Energy Canada

Speaking at the BlueGreen Just Transition conference Dan Woynillowicz told the audience there was a staggering $325 billion in clean energy investment in the world in 2015 and that job growth was following suit. Photo David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca

Take the situation in Alberta right now. Alberta’s Climate Leadership plan aims to accelerate the shutting down of the province’s remaining coal plants. Instead, 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. This is not shocking news. It’s already happened in Ontario and continues to happen around the world as nations face the increasingly serious implications of carbon emissions on the planet.
Even China, long considered a carbon-producing goliath, is leading the way globally in terms of building clean energy and now turning away from coal-fired generation.

“Last year, $110 billion of investment in China, was 10 times more renewable power capacity than natural gas-fired power, and three times more than coal-fired power,” says Dan Woynillowicz, policy director with Clean Energy Canada and one of the speakers at Blue Green Canada’s Just Transition event in Edmonton in October.

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By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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Alberta Municipal Solar Program | Municipal Climate Change Action Center

Alberta Municipal Solar Program

The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaics (PV) on municipal facilities or land and complete public engagement for the project.

Who can participate in the AMSP?
The following organizations are eligible to participate in the AMSP:

  • Municipalities: all designated municipalities within the Province of Alberta that meet the definition of “municipality” as per Section 1(s) of the Municipal Government Act
  • Community-related organizations: non-profit community-related organizations (CROs) are eligible to participate if the project is located on municipally owned facilities or municipally owned land. While CROs are eligible to participate, the municipality must be the signatory to the funding agreement and all reimbursements made under the program will be directed to the municipality.

What types of projects can receive funding through the AMSP?

Eligible projects:

  • Solar PV systems that are greater than or equal to 2 kW and less than or equal to 1 MW in installation capacity
  • All projects must be compliant with Alberta’s Micro-generation Regulation 27/2008
  • All projects must be completed and energized after February 5, 2016

Ineligible projects:

  • Projects located on facilities or land owned by the private sector, schools, universities, hospitals, and the provincial or federal governments
  • Projects located on temporary structures
  • Off-grid solar PV and solar thermal projects
  • Projects that are supported financially by other Government of Alberta climate change initiatives

How much funding is available?
The MCCAC will pay a rebate per watt of total installed capacity ($/W), as per the table below. The rate tier is determined by the total installed capacity of a project submitted through a single AMSP Application. Total funding provided by the MCCAC will not exceed 20% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $300,000 per project application. The rebate will be issued after the MCCAC has verified that the project is complete.

Solar Capacity Rebate
<10 kilowatts $0.75/Watt
10 kilowatts to <150 kilowatts $0.60/Watt
150 kilowatts to 1 Megawatt $0.45/Watt

Note: Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Municipalities are eligible to submit multiple applications.

How do I apply?
Details on the application process are outlined in the AMSP Guidebook. Submit the AMSP Expression of Interest.

Where do I find additional information?
Inquiries may be directed to contact@mccac.ca.

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Municipal Climate Change Action Center

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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TAME+

The Taking Action to Manage Energy (TAME+) program provides tools and funding to help municipalities understand how energy is used in their buildings, identify key savings opportunities, and implement retrofit projects.

Who can participate?
TAME+ is open to all Alberta municipalities.

How much funding is available?
Participants are eligible to receive an Energy Audit Incentive to offset the costs of required detailed energy audits and an Implementation Incentive to offset the costs of municipal building retrofits. Available funding is dependent on the total area of all buildings being retrofitted by a municipality.

Energy Audit Incentive:

Building Area Maximum Incentive
<2,000 m2 50% of energy audit costs up to $500 2,000 – 5,000 m2 50% of energy audit costs up to $1,000 5,000 – 10,000 m2 50% of energy audit costs up to $1,500 >10,000 m2 50% of energy audit costs up to $2,000

Implementation Incentive:

Building Area Maximum Incentive
<2,000 m2 50% of capital costs up to $25,000 2,000 – 5,000 m2 50% of capital costs up to $50,000 5,000 – 10,000 m2 50% of capital costs up to $75,000 >10,000 m2 50% of capital costs up to $100,000

Note: Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

How do I apply?
Interested municipalities must complete the TAME+ Expression of Interest and email it to contact@mccac.ca.

Where do I find additional information?
For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please refer to the TAME+ Guidebook. For guidance on the Detailed Energy Assessment requirements, please see the Detailed Energy Assessment Guidance Document.

LED Lighting Retrofits

By | 2017-06-01T21:21:26+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Why Your Project Needs A Light Efficient Design Retrofit
Lots of manufacturers are entering the LED market. But, with eight years as a pioneer in LEDs and the broadest array of state-of-the-art lighting products, Light Efficient Design is the premier source for cost-effective, high performance retrofits.

The Light Efficient Design Advantages:
• Keep Electronics Cool – The biggest enemy of the LED is heat dissipation. Light Efficient Design’s patented designs use a combination of active and passive cooling techniques, such as:
o Long-life “Mag-Lev” cooling fan
o Potted driver

The result: Light Efficient Design’s LEDs perform reliably inside a completely enclosed fixture at temperatures up to 122° Fahrenheit ambient. Most competitors can’t even come close.
• Best Quality Color Rendering – Light Efficient Design uses chips that have been independently tested and certified with LM-80 reports and high color-rendering index (CRI) – a rating unmatched by competitors. Our super-high CRI shows colors for what they are.
• Damp Rated – our lamps will perform in humid environments.
• Surge Protection – Light Efficient Design’s retrofits have dual stage MOVs that gobble up surges, protecting the electronics and keeping the lights on.

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