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T’Sou-ke First Nation: The Most Solar-Intensive Community in Canada

Mar 23 2011 - 7:00pm

Chief Gordon Planes with Andrew Moore – Project Director

Following a year-long visioning process the T’Sou-ke community embarked on a programme to achieve energy autonomy, economic self-sufficiency and food sustainability while utilizing the ancient wisdom and skills still available within First Nations communities.  Their on-going achievements include three solar electric systems totaling 75kW, thirty eight residential solar hot water systems, and an ambitious energy efficiency programme along with indigenous plant propagation and food-producing greenhouses.  In the process of building these many projects the T’Sou-ke First Nation has trained many young people in the solar and sustainability trades and inspired many other communities to follow their lead. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre – Room 5-142
Grant MacEwan University — City Centre Campus
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 17, 2011 by AEN

RePower Alberta: Building the Green Energy Economy

Mar 2 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Do you think you have to choose between a great job and a healthy environment for your children? You don’t have to!

Learn the facts about Alberta’s potential for a green collar economy and how we can work together to put the power back in the hands of Albertans! Read more »

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW (downstairs)
Calgary, AB

Posted March 1, 2011 by AEN

Solar Seminar: Cultivating Community – The Invermere Community Solar Greenhouse

Feb 23 2011 - 7:00pm

An evening presentation by Bill Swan – Greenman Sustainable Solutions

In response to the growing interest in local food security, healthy food in schools, and the overall sustainability of our agriculture systems, 300 community volunteers in Invermere BC teamed up to build a 300 sq. ft. greenhouse.  It is now producing both food and sustainability programs for school and community audiences.  Bill Swan, Community Greenhouse Project lead, will discuss how the project was developed including the many social, technical and logistical challenges and successes the project team encountered during the design, construction and operation of this successful initiative.  This is part of a three seminar series on solar greenhouses sponsored by Alberta Agriculture. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre – Room 5-142
Grant MacEwan University — City Centre Campus
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 16, 2011 by AEN

Conservatives Re-Re-Re-announcement on renewable fuels not fooling anyone

Without strong regulations on the Tar Sands and other large industrial polluters, no plan to fight climate change will be effective

10 Feb 2011

Introduced first by the Federal Liberals a decade ago, using ‘renewable’ fuels as part of a wider plan to address climate change is not a new or novel idea.

If fact, today’s announcement is just a re-re-re-announcement of a very small step. Read more »

Posted February 10, 2011 by AEN

Remodeling for Net Zero

Jan 26 2011 - 7:00pm

A Case Study: An Extreme Makeover for an Existing Edmonton House

An evening presentation by Peter Amerongen, Habitat Studio and Workshop Inc. Read more »

Location

Grant MacEwan University, CN Theatre – Rm 5-142
10700 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

Electricity from the Sun - from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Use

Jan 13 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Presented by:
Gordon Howell, PEng.

Free public presentation and discussion. No registration.

The world of solar energy is changing quickly. The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity continues its march downwards along with staggering world-wide growth. Solar electricity is now becoming affordable for us in our everyday lives. At the same time, we see that the price of electricity is poised to rise even more to pay for new transmission lines and cleaning up our dirty-coal electricity. Read more »

Location

Margaret Parsons Theatre
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

Posted December 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Solar Energy Society Seminar: PassivHaus Building Design

Dec 8 2010 - 7:00pm

PassivHaus Building Design
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Stuart Fix, Vital Engineering

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm

Popular in Europe for years, the German PassivHaus design standard aims to design buildings that do not require active heating or cooling systems. In reality this is not possible, but through radical envelope upgrades and optimized solar gain design, a Passive House building will require only 15kWh/m2yr to heat, roughly corresponding to a 90% reduction over code built buildings. Passive House buildings focus on reducing a building’s energy loads to an optimized minimum, before renewable energy technologies are sized. Capital cost savings are generated through reduced mechanical system size, which can nearly offset the capital cost increases due to the envelope upgrades. This presentation will explain the Passive House design method, highlight its advantages & disadvantages, and give an overview of the Passive House movement’s growth in Canada. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142, 105 Street Building
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street & 104 Avenue)
Edmonton, AB

Posted December 3, 2010 by AEN

Online Course: Off-Grid Solar Systems

Dec 2 2010 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Reduce your carbon footprint and take an alternative energy/energy efficiency course online this Fall

Login this Fall to a course on alternative energy/energy efficiency from the comfort of your home or office computer. That’s right, you don’t have to travel to learn and you still get access to the experts. The courses are all delivered LIVE (real time) and interactive. Read more »

Posted October 15, 2010 by AEN

Online Course: Solar Electricity

Nov 18 2010 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Reduce your carbon footprint and take an alternative energy/energy efficiency course online this Fall…

Login this Fall to a course on alternative energy/energy efficiency from the comfort of your home or office computer. That’s right, you don’t have to travel to learn and you still get access to the experts. The courses are all delivered LIVE (real time) and interactive. Read more »

Posted October 15, 2010 by AEN

Solar Home Design – Heating with the Sun

Oct 28 2010 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Reduce your carbon footprint and take an alternative energy/energy efficiency course online this Fall

Login this Fall to a course on alternative energy/energy efficiency from the comfort of your home or office computer. That’s right, you don’t have to travel to learn and you still get access to the experts. The courses are all delivered LIVE (real time) and interactive. Read more »

Posted October 15, 2010 by AEN

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