NDP vs. UCP for Solar in Alberta

NDP vs. UCP for Solar in Alberta

With Rachel Notley’s NDP announcing the provincial election for April 16, 2019, many are speculating what will happen to the renewable energy industry. There is a looming fear that what happened in Ontario will be mirrored in Alberta if the UCP is voted in. The Ontario liberals introduced the Green Energy Act in 2009 and

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Summer Heating with Renewables

Summer Heating with Renewables

Using renewable energy to heat is challenging in Western Canada as neither solar thermal nor air source heat pumps (ASHP) are very efficient at -30C. In addition, they most often have to compete with natural gas, which is relatively inexpensive in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, making the economics poor in many cases. However, there

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Solar Center Pivot Irrigation

Solar Center Pivot Irrigation

Image source: Alberta Farmer Express In Alberta, drought is becoming more and more common while electricity prices are only getting higher. This means special attention is needed regarding the efficiency of irrigation systems. There are a few government programs that can help with irrigation efficiency in Alberta including the Canadian Agricultural Partnership grant for Irrigation

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Photovoltaic Glass (BIPV)

Photovoltaic Glass (BIPV)

Dandelion Renewables is completing one of Edmonton’s first Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) installations at Dominion Hotel on Whyte Avenue, Edmonton. We were contracted by Beljan Developments to retrofit the existing skylights with solar PV glass to offset some of the building’s electrical consumption. Seven 2.5m x 1m sealed amorphous glass units each capable of generating

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Brazeau County Alberta Solar Rebate

Brazeau County Alberta Solar Rebate

At the end of 2018 Brazeau County announced an additional solar incentive for residents and farms located in the Brazeau County. The rebate amount announced is $0.90/DC Watt of installed solar system capacity up to $10,000 limit per landowner within the County.  The Brazeau County solar rebate is paid in addition to the existing Energy

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SaskPower Net Metering and Power Generation Partner Program

SaskPower Net Metering and Power Generation Partner Program

SaskPower started this fall implementing changes to facilitate power generation that helps to meet its goals of reducing emissions and increasing renewable energy generation. The first step is the Power Generation Partner Program (“PGPP”). For the next two years, the program will support 10MW per year of renewable energy projects, including solar power, biomass, biogas, hydro

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2018 Solar Power International Innovations

2018 Solar Power International Innovations

This year the Solar Power International Innovations (SPI) was held in Anaheim, California.  I Mikhail Ivanchikov attend on behalf of Dandelion Renewables. It was nice to experience the lovely weather for a week, leaving Edmonton covered in snow for a sunny and warm California.  The show and information there was so valuable and intense that I had

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BC Micro Hydro

BC Micro Hydro

I love micro hydro. When done the right way, it can be environmentally friendly, have minimal ecological impact, simple, efficient and robust. My first job in renewable energy was with Smart Hydro Power, a German company selling 1m diameter floating river turbines which generate up to 5kW of electricity. It’s an exciting industry with a

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BC Hydro-Net Metering

BC Hydro-Net Metering

How Solar PV Works with BC Hydro-Net Metering The BC Hydro-Net Metering program allows for homeowners and business owners to generate electricity to offset their electricity needs, using renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power and water power (micro-hydro). “Net metering” generally means that at each billing period (e.g. every two months with

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Off-Grid with Electric Vehicle Energy Storage

Off-Grid with Electric Vehicle Energy Storage

At Dandelion Renewables we design and build energy storage systems that use batteries for various applications including off-grid energy, grid backup, and grid peak demand shaving.  We are passionate about using the latest and most cost-effective technologies for each system we provide. One of the emerging technologies that we are excited about is V2G (Vehicle-To-Grid)

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