November 20, 2018

Great news in the land of sunny Alberta! Energy Efficiency of Alberta has updated their funding rates for its Residential and Commercial Solar Program (RCSP) as of Nov 2018. All new applications submitted right now will qualify for these new rates. Even better news for our Edmontonian neighbors, the City of Edmonton Residential solar grant … Continue reading “More Government and Energy Efficiency Alberta Solar Funding Available”

October 27, 2018

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 … Continue reading “SaskPower Net Metering and Power Generation Partner Program”

October 15, 2018

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 … Continue reading “2018 Solar Power International Innovations”

September 17, 2018

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 … Continue reading “BC Micro Hydro”

August 27, 2018

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 … Continue reading “BC Hydro-Net Metering”

August 13, 2018

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) … Continue reading “Off-Grid with Electric Vehicle Energy Storage”

August 3, 2018

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 … Continue reading “Saving on Heating Costs in BC”

July 23, 2018

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) … Continue reading “Fortis BC Net Metering”

July 21, 2018

Source:     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 … Continue reading “Alberta is keeping PACE with the future of clean energy”

June 16, 2018

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 … Continue reading “Edmonton Incentive for Residential Solar Program”

June 8, 2018

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 … Continue reading “Electrical Energy Sub-Metering”

June 3, 2018

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 … Continue reading “Vehicle to Grid Technology (V2G)”