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  • OSEA: Thousands expected to attend Green Energy Doors Open showcase
    Energy Canada DEC on Saturday October 4th at one of the more than 110 events taking place in Ontario and Alberta during Green Energy Doors Open You will meet new people and find out first hand about the opportunities and benefits of sustainable energy Last year 66 hosts and over 1000 people took part visiting renewable energy and conservation projects big and small explains Kristopher Stevens OSEA s Executive Director Our participating hosts are showing us that we can power heat cool and move ourselves powering our prosperity Interested in becoming a host exploring where the sites are in your community or in becoming a sponsor Please visit www greenenergydoorsopen ca Ontario has established itself as a leader in sustainable energy in North America We were the first province to get rid of dirty coal The Green Energy and Economy Act attracted 24 billion in investment during a global recession and has created more than 42 000 jobs In just 6 years Ontario has seen local individual and community ownership of renewable energy projects rise from well under 1 to just over 17 and thousands more want to participate Ontario is well recognized globally for our smart grid breakthroughs while

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  • OSEA: Aerecura Rammed Earth Builders: Visit October 4th during Green Energy Doors Open or have them build your home!
    architect whose green credentials include the sustainable archetype houses at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan The two quickly developed a great working relationship and have built something quite awe inspiring I had the chance to sit down with Sylvia Cook and her son Graham Cavalier of Aerecura Rammed Earth Builders on their dock on Beaver Lake over Labour Day Weekend Perhaps the most enchanting quality of Aerecura is its familial nature as a company Sylvia and Graham s mother son work relationship is as endearing as it is efficient We sip our morning coffee in the midst of a number of DIY cabins and buildings of which the pair have expanded upon or built from the ground up as a team Just two years ago Graham finished his own cabin on the property which he aptly named the Watchtower The two shared with me a number of anecdotes from their building sites as well as gave me the run down on the benefits and challenges to starting the first rammed earth business in Ontario What are the benefits of rammed earth Material availability The building material for rammed earth is quite literally dirt so it can be sourced from the nearest gravel pit I can basically guarantee you that anywhere there is a road you can find a gravel pit within a few kilometres Cook explains Certainly the dirt that is utilized is held to a rigid consistent standard to uphold structural integrity It must come from at least four feet below ground to achieve this which is why gravel pits are such an ideal place to source it The best part Dirt from local gravel pits is essentially a leftover byproduct so already rammed earth puts waste to good use Temperature control A rammed earth house requires neither a furnace nor an air conditioner Rammed earth walls allow for passive solar heating because the walls can retain heat so effectively They also remain comfortably cool in the summer time Sylvia explains this process in one of her video blogs which can be viewed here This particular feature is inspiring from a sustainability standpoint as well as the bank account of the homeowner I pause to imagine if all new stick frame subdivisions in Ontario were this energy efficient Structural integrity Ancient rammed or tamped earth walls and buildings continue to stand on various parts of the planet to this day The Great Wall of China is partially made of rammed earth take that fact to your next cocktail party Beauty Seeing really is believing and words just aren t enough On October 4th visit Aerecura s show home to see for yourself how amazing a rammed earth home can be Complete with amazing detail a 24 x 24 feature wall that is the largest rammed earth wall in North America and a perfectly sound proof recording studio it s worth the drive to meet Sylvia and Graham in Castleton Ontario Aerecura s challenges moving forward Aerecura faces two significant

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  • OSEA: Renteknik and Sheridan College Announce the Opening of Sheridan's Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IESL) Open House October 4, 2014: Doors Open at 9am
    Davis Campus in Brampton is a one of a kind Lab Not only is it now part of the College s learning curriculum it is also being integrated into applied research The overall concept of the Lab explains Renteknik s COO Lars Sjoberg is to integrate Renewable Energy Resources with a battery storage unit a customized Energy Management System EMS and three 3 different Energy Loads within a virtual micro Grid including a Tim Horton s Coffee Shop Sjoberg goes on to explain that the EMS uses a customized SCADA Energy Management Software to monitor and control the micro Grid operation This includes the Energy that is being produced by the Energy Resources and how the Energy is being distributed to the selected Loads Dr Jonathan Kim Principal Investigator at IESL and Sheridan Professor in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering emphasizes the importance of the Lab s unique ability to embrace both educational and real life experiences For Sheridan according to Kim this Lab provides a tremendous hands on learning environment for students As well it also provides great opportunities for our applied research activities collaborating with industries The Project is being carried out in Phases The First Phase which is now complete includes Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic Panels These Panels are currently installed on the Davis Campus C wing building Roof A centrally located System Operation Dashboard showing the energy production and related consumption within the Virtual Grid will be made available for public viewing in the near future with plans for integrating additional Energy Resources to include Wind Micro Hydro and Fuel Cell technology Renteknik is looking forward to continuing to work with Sheridan College to create an environment that will enable students and researchers to create various theoretical simulations conduct real time data analysis

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  • OSEA: Biodigesters Can Save Municipalities Millions of Dollars
    can also be adjusted to divert organic matter from our landfills to a biodigesting process The result is many additional years for each cell in the landfill saving taxpayers millions of dollars Robert Cottrill Vice President of the PREDC Board of Directors notes While this is not going to create a lot of new jobs it does give us a means to divert waste and allows us to put those saved millions of dollars into other community projects and infrastructure This is a smart solution to managing our waste and saving our money for more worthwhile things The first hand experience of the bio digesting process and learning about the technology tells us this is a potential solution for municipalities faced with huge costs for landfill management It uses waste that would otherwise become a pollutant Biodigesting not only produces methane gas but fertilizer is a byproduct The biodigesting process kills harmful pathogens so the fertilizer is safe Cottrill stresses that the payback on an installation can be 5 to 10 years but the payback for taxpayers starts right away Carl Frook points out that he has waited two years since his start up before initiating installation of a third generator of another 250 KW for a total of 750 KW It is so important to ensure balance between what we can produce and what we can obtain to convert biomass to methane gas and electrical power We have proven ourselves to be a dependable recipient of biomass and have achieved credibility in the industry adds Carl Frook One municipality may be unable to produce enough household waste to feed a biodigester but several municipalities could partner to keep one going and share in the savings says Ron Coristine PREDC Executive Director Advantages to biodigesting include it operates when wind

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  • OSEA: A Bright Future for CIT and Solarize Energy
    Infrastructure We saw a great company with potential to grow in a financially underserved niche in Canada and we knew our team was uniquely positioned to deliver industry leading expertise and financing products Carlos Leite Co Founder and Managing Director of Solarize Energy said CIT shared our vision of supporting a robust dynamic solar industry in Ontario They recognized that we had a history of successful solar installations and that we had a pipeline of opportunities to pursue focused on projects similar to our past successes We felt CIT understood what we were hoping to accomplish and would be a financial partner for the long term CIT also offered Solarize a turnkey financial solution including coordination of the consulting engineering legal insurance and other services required to finalize an energy project significantly reducing the substantial expenses associated with these services In addition to reducing the project s upfront costs the turnkey solar financing solution enabled Solarize to make use of more experienced service providers with established track records To learn more about CIT s work with Solarize and how CIT Canada helps energy companies grow please visit cit com canada EDITOR S NOTE View CIT s corporate overview video cit com corporatevideo and View from the Middle cit com viewfromthemiddle which showcases our insights and ability to put our knowledge to work for the small business middle market and transportation sectors Follow us on Twitter LinkedIn YouTube and Facebook or register to receive press releases at cit com newsalerts About Solarize Energy As the social consciousness of the world shifts towards environmental responsibility it is essential that financial investments follow suit Solarize Energy couples smart and compliant system designs practical and safe installations and regular maintenance to yield the most profit for our investors and the most benefit for our

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  • OSEA: At risk of losing your FIT Contract? We have a rescue plan.
    that has stalled has done so for a myriad of reasons and at a variety of stages of development Whatever the reason it s not too late to rescue these projects take them to completion and make a healthy return on the investment At EfstonSolar we understand that FIT contract holders staring down these deadlines are looking for options and solutions to avoid losing more time and potentially everything And we have the solid answers and resources needed for projects that are stuck and need a final push to get back on track In most cases financing is the biggest roadblock We ve aligned ourselves with a reputable industry experienced non institutional lender who will assist FIT 1 0 and FIT 2 0 contract holders including co ops And they can do much more than simply take on the debt and provide cash up front they can take on the process and project management to bring the project to completion What s the catch Give up some equity in the project At first glance this might not sound like a good solution so let s weigh the pros and cons CONS to having an Equity Partner Decreased ROI than forecasted Loss of control over the project Sharing revenues with a partner Not using the originally specified equipment and or suppliers Having an equity partner Sharing information and planning with a partner PROS to having an Equity Partner Better than losing the entire investment to date Professional management that will take the project to completion guaranteed No more risk of missing deadlines and having FIT contract terminated Procuring through distributors with lower pricing on bankable equipment that will yield a better ROI Long term or up front revenues Possibilities of doing future projects with your new partner This is a smart

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  • OSEA: A Quiet Revolution: Ontarians showcase their love for sustainable energy during 3rd annual Green Energy Doors Open
    Ontario and is expected to grow to other provinces and states across North America in 2015 The OSEA team its partners sponsors and hosts look forward to more successes during the year ahead and to even larger participation in 2015 30 For more information please contact Nicole Risse at 416 977 4441 ext 3 or Nicole ontario sea org or visit us at www ontario sea org The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector good jobs resilient communities and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy by raising public awareness advising decision makers and establishing forums for new market opportunities and collaboration Green Energy Doors Open is made possible by our incredible sponsors partners members and hosts Thank you to everyone who made Green Energy Doors Open 2014 a success Thank you to our sponsors Canadian Union of Skilled Workers Senvion Canada Inc Me to We Style Blackstone Energy Services Inc Ontario Federation of Agriculture Woodstock Hydro Enbridge ENERCON Canada Inc Loyalty One Jinko Solar Zephyr North EPS AB Energy Canada Hobe Hosokawa Inc Prowind Canada Oxford Community Energy Co op Ontario Sustainability Services Power Stream Atlantic Power Corp Thank you to our partners Nipissing University Biomass Innovation Centre Guelph solar 1BlockUp Academic Internship Council Advantage Austria Biogas Association Building Owners and Managers Association Bullfrog Power Burlington Green Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance Canadian Geothermal Energy Association Canadian Residential Energy Services Network Centre for Social Innovation Chiefs of Ontario Civic Action Alliance Connecting Environmental Professionals Ecosuperior Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy Enerquality Environment Hamilton Federation of Community Power Co operatives Greening Sacred Spaces Greenpeace Halton Environmental Alliance Hamilton Association for Renewable Energy Italian Canadian Savings and Credit Union Lambton College ON CO OP Ontario Centres of Excellence Ontario Clean Air Alliance Ontario Water Power Association Penetangore Regional Economic Development Council QUEST Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre SmartNET Alliance SolarShare St Lawrence College SWITCH The Canadian Institute Transition Toronto TREC Renewable Energy Co op Uniiverse University of Toronto University of Waterloo Decentralized Energy Canada Women in Renewable Energy York University ZooShare Thank you to our hosts aerecura rammed earth builders Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace Amego Electric Vehicles Artscape Braden e House Brinkmann Construction BurlingtonGreen Burrit s Rapids Community Association Burt s Greenhouses Caledon Whole Village Calstock Biomass Plant Atlantic Power Capstone Infrastructure Carleton Solar Energy Systems Laboratory Centennial College AMAT SETAS Children s Teaching Kitchen ChocoSol Conservation Council of Ontario Cornelis Grey Construction Corporation of the Town of Markham Daisy Energy Daunt Beef Down to Earth Solar Dreamscape EcoGen Energy Ernestown Township Evolution Green ExPlace Find a Way Music School Fleming College Fleming College Fourth Pig Worker Coop Friendly Fires Friendly Fires Geo Exergy Geosmart Gerry Tina Kromhout GO Transit Green 13 Green Home TV Green Sun Rising GreenBug Energy Greening Homes Ltd Greenpeace Guelph Solar Icarus Power Kortright Centre for Conservation Part of TRCA Kudrinko s Ltd Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co Op Lambton College

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  • OSEA: The Weissflog's Zero Carbon Home
    and an MBA from the University of Ottawa In 2006 Chris read what he describes as an earth shattering report by Sir Nicholas Stern about the economic impacts of climate change that was commissioned by the Gordon Brown UK Labour government Stern concluded that if rising greenhouse gasses weren t tackled immediately the impacts would be devastating and on par with the great wars and the depression on the early twentieth century or worse Stern concluded his report recommending a government mandate to combat climate change as a pro growth strategy for economic powers The evidence shows that ignoring climate change will eventually damage economic growth Our actions over the coming few decades could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity later in this century and in the next on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century And it will be difficult or impossible to reverse these changes Tackling climate change is the pro growth strategy for the longer term and it can be done in a way that does not cap the aspirations for growth of rich or poor countries The earlier effective action is taken the less costly it will be Nicholas Stern The Stern Review http www theguardian com environment 2011 feb 15 stern review The prospect of such devastation resonated with Chris With the threat of economic and environmental disaster on his mind Chris decided to leave the military to set up a business to tackle the threat first hand In 2007 EcoGen Energy opened in Kemptville Ontario to help people reduce their carbon footprint through solar technology At first the company focussed on installing solar hot water systems and Chris qualified as a heating system designer working on both domestic and commercial projects alike Later he expanded into hydronic radiant floor heating systems and then later Photovoltaics PV solar power systems The diversification of solutions proved a natural progression in the world of energy conservation and was supported by important government initiatives such as the Ontario Feed In Tariff Program Seven years on Chris and his wife Clare are taking things to the next level After years of planning they are integrating everything they have learned about conservation and renewable energy into the design of their new home The building design incorporates cutting edge technology geographic positioning and most importantly lifestyle choices such as growing and preserving their own food and driving an electric car Chris and Clare s new home is based on the hyper efficient Passive House techniques developed by German physicist and structural engineer Wolfgang Feist in the late 1980 s The approach focuses on three areas conservation efficiency and the production of renewable energy The house exceeds current building code standards for insulation heat recovery and ensures an airtight seal throughout It uses 1 5 the amount of energy used by a normal house in daily operation and only costs 10 more to

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