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April 12, 2013 - Eight single-family residences on the Penticton Indian Band reserve—boasting some of the most advanced standards of energy efficiency ever achieved in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley—are near completion, as part of the Super Efficient New Construction (SENC) program.
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April 2, 2013 - Johnson Controls claims its new chiller solution with hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) technologies convert 75% of the sun’s rays into energy, compared to 15% efficiency in a traditional PV system. According to Johnson Controls, solar cooling offers a compelling value proposition for building owners by reducing both peak time energy costs and demand charges. The solution uses the York Absorption Chiller and features PV waste-heat recovery technology, and qualifies for utility incentives across North America, where cooling demand places a significant stress on the power grid, driving up electricity rates, it says. The solar-cooling solution integrates into a building controls system, including the Metasys building management system. It generates hot water for the absorption chiller to air condition buildings and electricity to reduce demand from the power grid.
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December 18, 2012 - Canada’s industry associations for heat pump and solar technologies—Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) and Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)—today opened registration and released the preliminary program for their first joint event targeted at renewable heating.
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Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:31

FEATURE - Groundwork Tips for Energy Efficiency

December 6, 2012 - As temperatures begin to drop and more homeowners dial up their thermostats, it’s important to guard against potential areas of the home where energy may be lost, resulting in higher utility bills. CertainTeed, a brand of building products, offers the following tips as you embark on a path towards energy savings.
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The Energy Manager team recently attended Construct Canada 2011, quite possibly Canada’s largest construction exposition and conference. The session “New and  Innovative Products for Building Envelopes”—presented by Ed Lowans—explored some of the pros and cons of new technologies, materials and systems that have been—or are being—introduced to the market for residential and small commercial projects.
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Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd and Morrison Hershfield Limited, a leading North American engineering and management firm, this week jointly announced their collaboration to provide complete project design and installation services for commercial and institutional rooftop and land based solar photovoltaic systems under the Ontario Green Energy Act and Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program.

The collaboration responds to a need on the part of building and ground mount site owners, developers and their financial supporters for a professional process to review buildings for structural integrity and to identify, develop, install and commission the best solar PV system possible for the application. The firms also provide detailed project scheduling and costing along with the necessary support and training to ensure long-term operating and financial success.

With over 700 employees across North America, Morrison Hershfield provides an integrated multidisciplinary engineering approach to roof structural analysis, determining the suitability of appropriate, sustainable and cost effective solar PV system designs. Morrison Hershfield will perform the site analysis, detailed design, engineering, and project and construction management enabling a comprehensive professional approach to solar PV system design and installation.

Sustainable Energy's new PARALEX Bosch Solar system combines the patented SUNERGY low voltage inverter and the Bosch Solar micro-morph amorphous silicon, thin film photovoltaic modules to deliver higher energy yields, and reduce installation cost. A video explaining PARALEX and its advantages can be found at

Combining the resources of both firms, according to the participants, enables the delivery of effective and comprehensive "turnkey" solutions for commercial and institutional rooftop solar power applications with the goal of enabling lowest installed cost per watt and the highest return on investment for rooftop solar PV systems in Ontario. The collaboration and the PARALEX Bosch Solar product meet the minimum domestic content thresholds for the Ontario FIT Program.

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TORONTO, ON – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Honeywell today celebrated the completion of an innovative solar photovoltaic installation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bayview Campus in Toronto. The new installation, part of a $28-million facility renewal program that also includes a variety of energy-efficient upgrades, will help the hospital cut energy costs and reduce its environmental impact.
More than 140 solar panels spanning two stories of a parking garage are expected to generate nearly 27,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually — enough energy to power 150 medical ventilators. The panels are mounted vertically on the wall of the structure, which is located at the main entrance of the campus; so they will serve as a visual reminder of the hospital’s conservation efforts, as well as produce clean, renewable energy. In addition, a display near the parking garage will educate visitors and staff on photovoltaic technology, and provide real-time information on power generation and carbon emissions reduction.

Honeywell will also add a second solar array on the roof of the hospital’s U-wing, which will be more than twice the size of the parking garage installation. Combined, the two arrays will form the largest solar power generation system at a healthcare facility in Canada.

“Today marks a major milestone on our path to becoming a greener and more sustainable healthcare facility,” said Dr. Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “This program with Honeywell has allowed us to focus on our primary goal of delivering the highest quality patient care possible, while demonstrating our leadership in energy conservation and environmental stewardship.”

As part of the comprehensive facility renewal program, Honeywell will also:
·         Replace chillers and cooling towers with more energy-efficient models that use environmentally-friendly refrigerants.
·         Install high-efficiency lighting systems and control strategies that provide beter illumination while using less energy.
·         Upgrade and optimize ventilation, heating and cooling equipment.
·         Upgrade building automation systems to improve energy management.

Sunnybrook will finance the work using the energy and operational savings the improvements generate to pay for the project. Those savings, approximately $2.7 million per year over the next 15 years, are guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract with the hospital. This ensures the upgrades will protect capital budgets and minimize risk. In addition, Sunnybrook’s green initiatives make it eligible for more than $1 million in various grants and federal funding that will be applied to the program.

Along with reducing costs, the program will also have a significant environmental impact, cutting annual greenhouse emissions by an estimated 9,000 metric tons. According to Environment Canada, this is equivalent to removing 1,400 cars from the road. Honeywell also will recycle the equipment removed from the facility in an environmentally-friendly manner.

The program has also given momentum to broader eco-focused initiatives within the organization, including the annual “Earth Matters” showcase designed to foster a better understanding of energy conservation across the hospital and surrounding community, and drive further environmental benefits and energy savings. The event showcases project information, green-themed resources, information on available rebates, and tips to help staff, patients and visitors improve their environment at work, in the car and at home.

“Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is taking a proactive approach to environmental responsibility and energy consumption,” said Luis Rodrigues, Vice President of Energy Solutions for Honeywell Building Solutions. “Through this energy retrofit and facility renewal program, we are pleased to help the hospital become more energy efficient and environmentally conscious for its patients, staff, visitors and the greater Toronto community.”
Honeywell expects to complete all the facility upgrades by year’s end.

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TORONTO, ON – Local and international environmental and renewable energy groups congratulated the Ontario government yesterday for four new programs that aim to make the province a global leader in clean, green, renewable energy. The aim of the new regulations introduced yesterday is to create thousands of jobs in the new green economy under Ontario's Green Energy Act.
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