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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Community Solar Systems Near Nelson

Community Solar Systems Near Nelson

In the month of July 2018, Dandelion Renewables installed community solar systems near Nelson, British Columbia.   We built three solar PV systems on community buildings in Balfour, BC, near Nelson, with a combined solar capacity of 67KW DC. These three projects complement Nelson Hydro’s own 60KW DC community solar garden project that was built to

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Saving on Heating Costs in BC

Saving on Heating Costs in BC

As North America transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, more and more people will be switching from Natural Gas furnaces to electric heating. How might this transition take place? Some good souls may do it out of the good of their heart, but for most people, it will have to be economically incentivized

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Fortis BC Net Metering

Fortis BC Net Metering

You may have seen the graphs, maps and diagrams saying how much solar potential we have in Western Canada, yet places like Germany are still so far ahead of us. If we have so much more sun, why would we not install as much solar as we possibly can? The answer lies primarily in 1)

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Alberta is keeping PACE with the future of clean energy

Alberta is keeping PACE with the future of clean energy

Source: https://solect.com/deep-dive-c-pace-solar-financing/     One of the greatest challenges facing Albertans who want to invest in a renewable energy project, or energy efficiency measures for their home, is finding a way to pay for it. Both renewable energy and energy efficiency projects can be significant financial investments, which often do not fit easily within household

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Edmonton Incentive for Residential Solar Program

Edmonton Incentive for Residential Solar Program

Residential Solar Program in Edmonton is now open for applications. This exciting news was announced by The City of Edmonton Change Homes for Climate. In addition to the Alberta Residential Solar Program, the City’s incentive will be paid at the rate of $0.15/W of installed capacity. When combined with the Alberta program, the City of

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Solar Power System in Edmonton, AB, For Martin

Solar Power System in Edmonton, AB, For Martin

Owners: Martin  Owner Comments To follow. Project Details Operating Since: 04/25/2018 Solar Panels: 20 x SILFAB, 330W DC Power Rating: 6.6kW Inverter: 1 x SMA, 5.0kW Solar Production Data: https://www.sunnyportal.com/Templates/PublicPageOverview.aspx?plant=588864da-2b83-4a21-9d0f-4b1be39d5d1f View Dandelion Renewables Projects in a larger map.

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Electrical Energy Sub-Metering

Electrical Energy Sub-Metering

The electrical utility has a meter at each site, which records the electricity consumed at the site so that the site owner can be billed for the power used.  However, the measurements taken by the utility meter are typically only shared with the customer as a monthly total, with no information about which devices at

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Vehicle to Grid Technology (V2G)

Vehicle to Grid Technology (V2G)

What’s Vehicle to Grid Technology (V2G) about, why is it exciting and what’s the state of the industry?   I’ve been aware of the V2G technology for some time but the first time I got really excited about it was about a year ago. The idea has been around for several years now; it allows

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Solar System For The Innisfail Town Office

Solar System For The Innisfail Town Office

Owners: Innisfail Town Office  Owner Comments To follow. Project Details Operating Since: 05/03/2018 Solar Panels: 56 x Qcells, 340W DC Power Rating: 19.04kW Inverter: 1 x Fronius, 15.0kW Racking: Schletter Windsafe Solar Production Data: https://www.solarweb.com/Home/GuestLogOn?pvSystemid=a14a2eb2-d5fd-476c-9545-1665d9a0fd89 View Dandelion Renewables Projects in a larger map.

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