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Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program is radically changing the energy landscape of Canada’s most populated province. As a result, the prospects for solar energy in Ontario are soaring. In this EM e-Newsletter, you will find a feature on solar power in Ontario, including the many opportunities and challenges facing the young industry. Whether you’re a building operator looking to cut costs or an electrician looking to acquire new skills, I hope you will find an article that is informative and useful.

Also included are columns by Ken Sinclair and Enermodal’s Stephen Carpenter—who discusses his company’s use of a unique variable-flow refrigerant (VFR) system—as well as top news items and great new products.


John Gilson


Panduit Walks the UPI Talk
at new Global HQ

Panduit invited Energy Management/Electrical Business to the official opening of its new world headquarters, a building inspired by the company's Unified Physical Infrastructure approach. Watch as Panduit representatives Jack Tison and Vineeth Ram explain UPI.

News Update

OPA launches energy-efficiency program for large industrial sector • Quebec hosts FCM sustainability tour • Harrow Wind project goes commercial


Ontario solar rising amidst growing pains
By John Gilson
The future of solar power in Ontario is bright following the implementation of the Green Energy Act (GEA) and Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program. The FIT Program, in particular, has had a positive impact on Ontario's solar manufacturers, as well as indirectly affecting consumers of solar products.


Variable-flow refrigerant systems: Ground source heat pumps without the ground?
By Stephen Carpenter, P.Eng
When designing the mechanical system for our new headquarters at A Grander View, Enermodal Engineering chose to use a variable-flow refrigerant (VFR) multi-split system. Although this system is not new—it is frequently used in Japan—it is a relatively unusual system in Canada.

Integrated connected (IC) virtualization
By Ken Sinclair
I see virtualization as the next big thing. Through integrated connected virtualization, the world of large buildings will soon view everything connected differently. New web-based services architected in the cloud are the new business models evolving in the many articles and interviews in our website.


OPA offering energy-efficiency program for large industrial sector
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has launched a new energy-efficiency program to reduce electricity use and increase competitiveness for large industrial companies that are directly connected to the electricity transmission system. more...

Terasen Gas and BC community form bioenergy partnership
The City of Quesnel in British Columbia and Terasen Gas have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to conduct final feasibility work on a renewable energy system in Quesnel in cooperation with West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and BC Hydro. The LOI represents an agreement in principle. more...

Newfoundland & Labrador Green Fund helps business reuse waste heat
Icewater Seafoods Inc. of Arnold's Cove will recover waste heat from its current refrigeration system, with the help of approximately $169,000 from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Green Fund. Through a heat pump system, waste heat generated from refrigeration equipment currently in use will be captured. more...

LumenHaus project wins Solar Decathlon Europe 2010
In France, LumenHaus project—designed and built by Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University—was awarded first prize in Solar Decathlon Europe 2010, a competition that demonstrates clean energy technology research and development. The project was sponsored by Schneider Electric. more...

Research ''cottage'' comes to McMaster to test solar technology
VELUX Canada Inc. of Oakville donated a research “cottage”—an 18-ft long, 13-ft wide and 13-ft high wooden structure—to a group of engineering researchers at McMaster. The researchers will use the structure to test a translucent solar skylight that can help control interior building temperature. more...

Senators call for national energy discussion
SThe Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources is inviting all Canadians to have a say in Canada's energy future. The call to participate in a national energy dialogue came in the committee's Interim Report entitled ''Attention Canada!'' more...

BC gov't says carbon tax good for environment, economy
When the carbon tax went through its annual increase on July 1, the British Columbia government remained confident the tax would be good for both the economy and the environment. ''The revenue from the carbon tax is being returned to British Columbians through tax cuts and income credits. more...

UrWind to start small wind certification
The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) announced the first 13 wind turbine models having begun their certification. Of these, the UrWind O2 stands out as the first VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine). According to UrWind, a Montreal-based manufacturing company. more...

Markham awards Carmanah $1.5-million solar PV contract
Carmanah Technologies Corp.—a global provider of renewable and energy-efficient technologies—has been awarded a $1.5-million contract by the Town of Markham, Ontario to supply, install and commission a 250 kW solar photovoltaic grid-tie system. more...


Tycon Power Systems TP-DCDC-1248M converters
Tycon Power Systems' TP-DCDC-1248M accepts 9-36VDC on the wire terminal input and outputs 48VDC at 24W on the POE RJ45 output. The compact case is powder coat painted steel to meet the most stringent requirements, says the company. more...

Carlo Gavazzi WM30-96 smart modular power analyzer
Carlo Gavazzi's newest addition to its Energy Management product lineup—the WM30-96 smart modular power analyzer—is a three-phase power analyzer that offers an upgraded LCD display, which is capable of showing four electrical variables, an energy counter and a power demand indicator at the same time. more...

Standard Products T5HO fluorescent lamps
Standard's T5 high-output (HO) fluorescent lamps promise long life and high system efficacy, delivering energy savings and low maintenance. Available in a range of colour temperatures (3000 K to 5700 K), the TCLP-compliant lamps operate on programmed-start electronic ballasts. more...


FCM Mission 2010, Quebec from August 15-20

IIDEX/NEOCON CANADA 2010, which runs from September 22-25 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Energy Management website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

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