Potato Storage Ventilation Upgrade Pilot Project 2017

Potato Storage Ventilation Upgrade Pilot Project 2017

In 2017, we upgraded a ventilation system at a seed potato storage facility near Gibbons, AB as a pilot project considering the most energy efficient ventilation technologies currently available. The results of the project showed that energy assessments and ventilation upgrades at potato storages in Alberta can reduce fan energy consumption by 70%, improve potato

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New Energy-Efficiency Agri-processing Programs

New Energy-Efficiency Agri-processing Programs

In the spring of 2018, the Alberta government and the Federal government is announcing two new programs for farms and processors energy-efficiency: The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program (FEAP) and Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program. These programs replace the old Growing Forward 1 and 2 programs. As always with everything new, it takes time to understand what

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E.L Smith Solar Farm  Environmental Considerations

E.L Smith Solar Farm Environmental Considerations

  Epcor’s proposed E.L. Smith solar farm has been making its way into the local news recently. It’s certainly an interesting project and, at first glance, has the public polarized (as seems to be the general trend in society). However, after a more careful review, it seems Epcor is doing its due diligence to insure

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Solar PV modules recycling

Solar PV modules recycling

One of the questions about solar PV (photovoltaics) that I get asked is “what will be the negative environmental impact of solar PV modules (a.k.a. solar panels) when they’re not being used for power generation anymore?”     This is an important question because: some of the materials in the solar modules (e.g. lead and

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New On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program Announced

New On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program Announced

Great News! The new On-Farm Solar PV funding program under the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry department has been released and are currently accepting applications. The only program eligibility requirements are that the Customer is a resident of Alberta with a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying or Equivalent. This piece of information is

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Taking back Control through Solar

Taking back Control through Solar

I was at the supermarket the other day, shopping for my weekly groceries, when I strolled into the seafood section. One thing I haven’t bought in a while was a piece of Pacific Salmon. The kind of piece that you cut up into steaks or cook as one large fillet with just the right amount

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Agricultural Energy Efficiency

Agricultural Energy Efficiency

You may have seen graphs, articles, videos etc. telling you how much energy is consumed by the agricultural sector. It’s not our business to tell you what you should eat, but it is our business to help you lower your energy use, generate your own energy and save money while doing it. The question we

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Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program Updates

Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program Updates

In early December 2018 we received an update with the current numbers for the Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program rebates as follows: 322 solar power projects funded 234 applications under consideration Average project sizes, for both solar systems under consideration and ones that have been funded: Residential solar: 7.2 KW, Commercial solar: 370 KW (with large variation in

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Energy-Efficiency Portfolio

Dandelion Renewables existence started from conducting energy-efficiency studies for residential and commercial customers. From the beginning till now, we have had one or two energy-efficiency projects running at a time that occupy our experienced engineering team. Below is a portfolio of some of our energy-efficiency achievements and projects we have completed over years: · Residential

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Off-grid Solar Power Design Innovations

Off-grid Solar Power Design Innovations

  A heap of off-grid solar power systems were installed in Saskatchewan, Alberta and especially in British Columbia decades ago. They used to be the only solar electric options available before net metering and micro-generation regulations took place. Some of these old systems still operate nowadays and there is a generation of off-grid installers who

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Residential home owners

Home owners have a few options when it comes to solar, they can look at going solar ready, or getting either an off-grid, or grid-tie solar system. Solar ready is something that can be done at either the design or construction stages of building a new home. Either of the two solar systems can be

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Energy Conservation – Economics

WIND POWER Investments in wind power have the potential to yield double digit returns, assuming proper selection of tower height and turbine at a good site. A good rule of thumb is that at the turbine hub height the average annual wind speed should exceed 5m/s to make the project feasible. SOLAR POWER At current

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