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  • OSEA: Power to the People!
    Community Energy Co operative under Ontario s FIT program The contract would see the development of two separate solar panel projects generating a combined total of 350 kilowatts What s exciting is that they expected an annual return of investment exceeding 7 over the contract period with the county owning 70 of the equity and the co operative owning 30 Mr Marion wrote about a partnership on another solar panel deal but this time it was between Brant county and Six Nations The partnership had placed BRE in the position to work with a neighbouring First Nation community This deal involved the development of two Solar Panel projects under Ontario Power Authority s FIT program Mr Marion reported that Brant County council had approved the development of a 250 KW solar panel project at BGI Retail in the Brant Business Park BGI owned a 55 share Brant County owned 30 of the share and Six Nations had 15 Mr Marion then made mention of a second council approved solar project which would generate 500 KW at the Oneida Business Park at Six Nations who would own 90 of the share with Brant County owning the remainder BRE was contracted to manage the development of both projects using local contractors from the county as well as from the Six Nations community Brant County and Brant Renewable Energy s intense drive for community self sustainability has allowed them to create a successful partnership with Six Nations not just the 500 KW solar panel system at Oneida Business Park but two other projects a 500 KW Solar Panel System at Brant Business Park and a 500 KW hydro power system at Paris Penman s Dam still under the application process which will be completed in the summer of 2015 The hydro power system will place BRE one step closer to becoming a full service renewable energy provider Brant County has also expressed it s willingness to ensure that qualified Six Nations workers of various disciplines receive a fair opportunity to be employed in these projects Sustainability Brant Community Energy Co op SBC has also benefited from Brant County s endeavours placing valuable assets in the hands of its residents These assets are shares in present and future solar panel systems which will be developed through the partnership of both entities In August 2014 a bid was announced inviting Brant County residents to participate in an investment that would raise 1 million for the development of two separate solar panel systems totalling 350 KW on the rooftops at the Brant Sports Complex and the South Dumfries Community Centre They were successful as the solar panel system at Brant Sports Complex achieved commercial operation in November 2014 and the system in South Dumfries began its operation in March 2015 The 250 KW Solar Panel System at BGI Retail began commercial operation in March 2015 BRE has told us that the 500 KW solar panel system which is to be developed at Oneida Business Park is

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile: Meet Derek Satnik of Mindscape Innovations
    he s designing integrated and self sufficient communities that provide all their own energy and do so sustainably When asked what s driving the sustainable energy development in Ontario at the moment Derek replied I wish I knew for certain but I believe the necessity is becoming real the general populace still does not appreciate their responsibility for the energy they use But they do understand that their bills are going up and they are more willing than ever to use less energy and to participate in producing their own This is a big deal I once heard a powerful story about the rule of 100 that I d love to tell everyone in person but the punchline is that large populations will change quickly when everyone knows or sees approximately 100 other people participating in something new FIT Feed in Tariff was never permitted to work as fully as it should have but it did still work solar and other renewables are everywhere now and we are finally approaching the tipping point where everyone in Ontario will know other real people who have benefited personally from sustainable energy development FIT was a key driver and economics are increasingly favouring sustainable energy development but healthy social pressures are in the mix too now and as long as the politicians stay out of the way this sector is poised to just keep growing The sustainable energy sector always has more political interference than might be needed but politics aside necessity is still the mother of invention We have an infrastructure problem that is readily apparent and we can see that energy prices are going to continue to rise Efficiency will continue to become increasingly important and will be a key area for innovation Energy storage finally has the development attention that

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  • OSEA: The Future of Energy in Ontario: From a Centralized to a Decentralized, Integrated and 100% Sustainable Energy System
    an electric power bar centralized power and the internet decentralized While the electric power bar provides power to appliances connected in a one way communication send and receive in an on and off fashion the internet is made up of various smaller connection points where information flows in many directions and two way communication is possible allowing end users to be both recipients and providers of information i e electricity And while the focus is often just on electrical power generation the future energy system is much more than that In Canada 60 of our energy is needed for heating and cooling Future energy system planning must therefore take a much more holistic and integrated approach allowing technologies such as Combined Heat and Power and district energy systems to play a much more vital role Other technological advances in storage electric vehicles and smart grid development will further accelerate this transition to a distributed energy system allowing consumers to have more control of their own consumption and the price they pay In Ontario where we are still far behind our European counterparts we can now also see proof that this transition is starting to take shape This is mainly due to the development of renewable energy projects and conservation first initiatives under the Green Energy and Economy Act and its Feed in Tariff programs These have allowed municipalities individuals and communities to take their energy planning into their own hands You only need to look to a municipality like Brant County Together with a local co op Sustainability Brant Community Energy Co op Brant Renewable Energy a Division of Brant Municipal Enterprises commissioned a 250 kW rooftop solar project on their largest sport complex in April of this year At the same time another 250 kW rooftop solar system built by Brant Renewable Energy was commissioned That project is jointly owned by BGI Retail a local business the municipality and the Six Nations of the Grant River First Nation During the inauguration of these projects Bruce Noble of Brant Municipal Enterprises said We are pleased to see these projects come online and we look forward to commissioning similar projects in the coming months Sustainable energy projects have many benefits in particular they provide revenue for the local municipality and First Nation community they provide investment opportunities to the local citizens through the co op and keep profits in the local community and finally they help us to build a clean and self sufficient energy system for today s and future generations As is evident from Mr Noble s remarks allowing individuals to participate in the energy system has several key advantages For one it reduces social friction because it allows the community to make decisions around the resources available to the community and how these resources should be utilized for the benefit of the community Furthermore it energizes the local economy by building capacity and creating sustainable jobs for members of the local community while enhancing society s evolving green

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  • OSEA: A Fond Farewell to Outgoing OSEA Executive Director Kristopher Stephens
    the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association he stepped down in March of this year to explore new ventures Under Kristopher s leadership OSEA had significant impact in shaping the renewable and community power sector in Ontario To commemorate the occasion sustainability industry professionals gathered at Grace O Malley s in Toronto for this very special Ontario Energy Drinks which was supported by GlobeSpan Travel Management and Beau s All Natural Brewery Dr Christine Koenig a member of the OSEA Board addressed the audience and thanked Kristopher for his years of service and dedication The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association s staff its members and its Board of Directors wish to thank Kristopher Stevens for all that he has done for OSEA and the sustainable distributed energy agenda of Ontario Since taking the helm of the organization in 2008 Kris relentlessly advocated networked and communicated for the compelling vision which he helped to shape and create Those who have had the honour and pleasure of working with Kristopher have only praise in the highest regard Kris has enabled an army of volunteers to become advocates and multipliers of OSEA s vision With his caring and empathetic but not undemanding leadership style he has always motivated a team of loyal staff to work their hardest OSEA owes a lot to Kris The countless conferences delegations white papers submissions and consultations he undertook during his tenure with his staff and members have borne many visible fruits in Ontario s energy landscape Many great challenges are still lying ahead for OSEA but with the incredible dedication skill and competence that Nicole Risse is bringing to the organization OSEA will continue to move in a positive direction Kris can now apply all of his great traits to the next step in his life as an expecting father

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  • OSEA: OSEA Member Profile: Meet Jen Aitchison of Jones Brown (OSEA Enabler Member)
    the insurance industry In her 13 plus years in the insurance business Jen Aitchison has become a passionate leader in providing risk management and insurance solutions to the renewable energy and sustainability industry Jen has been at the forefront of sourcing globally available insurance backed financial instruments such as performance guarantees offered by Munich Re and Energy Savings Guarantees provided by Energi in addition to the standard property casualty et al insurance policies available in the marketplace A great deal of Jen s time is spent reviewing the details of leases EPC agreements credit agreements and overall risk management processes to provide insight and advice on ensuring her client s needs are met and their risks managed appropriately When asked about why she is enthusiastic about her work she has this to say As a passionate environmentalist and seasoned risk manager matching the two a number of years ago to provide risk management and insurance services to the sustainable energy industry was such an amazing opportunity to strike the perfect work life balance in line with my own ethics and values The privilege I have to work with top environmentalists and passionate business people to drive renewable energy into the supply mix as a way to proactively risk manage our overall access to electricity while being mindful of the environmental and economic impacts on us our children and our children s children is the most fulfilling piece of my work I look forward to continuing to add my expertise to further our endeavours through my work at Jones Brown OSEA CanSIA and WiRE Jen is currently involved as a founding member of the advisory committee of Women in Renewable Energy a non profit entity that works to educate mentor and promote women in renewable energy roles She co facilitates the

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  • OSEA: Senvion presents Anti-icing System for Canadian Portfolio
    Senvion Canada Inc says With our aim to perfectly meet the demands of our customers in Canada it was clear to us that we want to find a solution for cold conditions so our turbines make a perfect fit for Quebec With this technology Senvion goes a further step towards the adaption to Canada specific preconditions and offers a tailor made solution for North American Wind projects with medium and severe icing conditions The anti icing system CCV 60Hz has already proven its efficiency on Senvion MM92 type turbines under extreme cold weather conditions and will be installed on Senvion 3 2M114 type turbines starting in summer 2016 With that technology both de icing of iced blades as well as blade heating during turbine operation are possible for the new 3 2M114 installations Pushing hot air into the leading edge of the blades causes the ice to melt due to heat transfer through the blade material The thermal flow is generated by a heater fan unit installed in all blade roots To date Senvion has a footprint of more than two Gigawatts in North America and currently counts about 250 employees in Canada Its Canadian offices are located in Toronto Montreal and Vancouver The company started its Canadian operations out of Montreal in the province of Quebec in 2009 and will supply more than one Gigawatt of renewable energy in Canada by 2016 About Senvion Senvion SE is one of the world s leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines The international mechanical engineering company develops produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location with rated outputs of 2 MW to 6 15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 152 metres Furthermore the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey service

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  • OSEA: Senvion celebrates two gigawatts in North America
    the American Wind Energy Association AWEA Senvion SE Senvion is celebrating two gigawatts GW in North America and a fleet availability of more than 98 in the past 12 months With this milestone Senvion has demonstrated once more its turbines adaptability to various market environments climate and grid conditions The two gigawatts also represent the creation of hundreds of jobs across the North American continent and the ability to power about one million homes In fact since its market entry in the US in 2007 and in Canada in 2010 the company has established several offices warehouses and service locations in both Canada and the US to serve its client base across the continent Today Senvion counts about five hundred employees in North America and has contributed to more than five hundred manufacturing jobs for the local production of wind turbine components Senvion Service has comprehensive O M contracts for 1 4 GW on the continent of which half have already been renewed and extended to an average contract duration of 10 years Helmut Herold CEO of Senvion North America says I am very proud of our achievements in North America I am convinced that the hard work done by our local teams and the flexible approach towards our customers are key elements of our success With Centerbridge Partners L P Centerbridge as new owner of Senvion since April 30 2015 Andreas Nauen CEO of Senvion SE is optimistic regarding further innovations and growth in North America as one of the company s core markets Together with Centerbridge we will take even greater advantage of our potential in the wind energy market With its leading product portfolio market position and by leveraging Centerbridge s strong network Senvion is now very well placed to benefit from the continued shift towards renewable

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  • OSEA: How Canadians Can Benefit From An Effective Home Energy Storage System
    some Canadian provinces such as Ontario have established some sort of a net metering program but the framework isn t properly developed and not attractive enough to generate consumer interest There is no consistent solar energy policy at the federal level said Azeem Qureshi CEO of Grasshopper Solar In order for Canadians to benefit from such a revolutionary technology there has to be political will to enact a net metering program across Canada Grasshopper Solar operates Ontario s largest residential solar fund delivered through the FREE Solar program In early 2015 the company received a Game Changer Award for Project Finance Innovation from the Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA Through the program Grasshopper aims to make going solar affordable and accessible for everyone These battery storage units from Tesla may eventually solve a long standing setback for solar energy technology which is storage Qureshi added in a statement to PVBuzz This means energy can be stored at high production periods of the day and used during low production periods GlobalTV recently aired an interview with Qureshi where he expressed his thoughts on Tesla s announcement and the adaptability of this technology into the Ontario market GlobalTV interview with Azeem M Qureshi CEO of Grasshopper Solar I can t say that look with this things are going to change dramatically Qureshi told GlobalTV in the interview We currently don t install the Tesla battery with our FREE Solar program however with Ontario s transition over to an enhanced net metering program in the future it will certainly be an option we will be able to bring to market added Qureshi in a statement to PVBuzz Data from the Ontario Ministry of Energy indicates that a typical family of four uses about 800 kWh a month or about 27 kWh a day

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