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  • OSEA: EfstonSolar is the first Canadian distributor for ReneSola
    international brand and technology provider of green energy products ReneSola is a Tier 1 global manufacturer of solar wafers PV modules Micro Inverters and String Inverters Unlike most of their competitors ReneSola is vertically integrated they manufacture their own PV wafers which form the core of their modules With its continuous dedication to innovation in 2013 ReneSola had one of the largest R D budgets among all the Chinese PV manufacturers Capitalizing on economies of scale low cost production capabilities and technology innovations ReneSola leverages in house virgin polysilicon and solar cell and module production capabilities to produce high quality cost competitive products Every one of ReneSola s PV products comes with rock solid 25 year power performance plus 10 year production and material warranties These warranties are backed by PowerGuard a third party insurance company bankable protection in this industry ReneSola just issued a press release about their expansion into Canada and our partnership So what does ReneSola s arrival in Canada mean for the Ontario FIT market EfstonSolar will participate in co marketing activities with ReneSola the first being at Solar Canada 2014 EfstonSolar s primary focus remains with direct sales in Ontario to FIT projects both FIT and microFIT Choosing ReneSola as a manufacturing partner combined with our industry know how allows us to offer an unparalleled price per watt meaning project owners will have no trouble achieving or even surpassing their FIT 3 0 projected ROI To be warehoused right here in the Greater Toronto Area ReneSola manufactures products all over the world including Korea Turkey Malaysia China and Poland These Tier 1 modules and inverters perfectly round out EfstonSolar s bankable product offering that also includes the new FIT 2 0 compliant Schneider Electric Conext CL String 3 Phase Inverters with AFCI built in Kinetic

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  • OSEA: Dokis First Nations Wins the 2014 Pollution Probe Sustainability Award
    working toward positive tangible environmental change and exemplifying in their work the Pollution Probe values including inclusive independent non partisan results oriented focused evidence based learning and innovative The Okikendawt project is being developed by OWA Member Hydromega Services Inc and the Dokis First Nation and consists of a waterpower facility with an installed capacity of 10 MW The project is a model of sustainable development community building environmental and cultural stewardship and has earned national recognition Premier Kathleen Wynne presented the award last night to Chief Denise Restoule In her remarks Chief Restoule stated The partners have forged a close and collaborative working relationship through the course of project development financing construction and in 2015 operations Hydromega is an outstanding project development company with a deep understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal communities The Dokis First Nation is advised by Chris Henderson of Lumos Energy Canada s leading Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities Hydromega s and Dokis First Nation s significant investment in this project will have direct benefits to the community and the environment said Paul Norris President of Ontario Waterpower Association This project is an excellent example of the opportunities that exist across the province to develop new waterpower facilities with local community and Aboriginal partnerships and is the result of an inspiring commitment to an inclusive community driven approach to energy resource development Okikendawt Hydroelectric Project Construction Pictures Courtesy of Hydromega The Okikendawt project is located at the site of the Portage Dam on the French River in Ontario The generation station will be located on Public Works and Government Services Canada PWGSC land PWGSC operates two control structures on the French River and one water control structure on the Little French River These structures are used to control the level of Lake Nipissing and to

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  • OSEA: A Green Congregation Builds an Affordable and Efficient Abode of Peace in North Toronto
    in three areas conservation of natural gas electricity and use of solar technology The first project involved reducing natural gas usage New condenser boilers were installed replacing less efficient systems allowing the building to not only generate space heating but also recover waste heat for domestic hot water use The upgrades have resulted in savings of more than 30 on the original consumption of natural gas because the systems are integrated and not separate anymore In another initiative the community overhauled the building s cooling systems by upgrading 250 fan coil units resulting in a 25 reduction in electricity use How did they do it They changed to Electrically Commutated Motors installed programmable digital thermostats and changed the air chillers in the building to smart units to increase the building operators degree of control with the DELTA building automation system What is also exciting is that they used made in Canada technology support our local economy The third upgrade involves the integration of solar energy technology for both electricity generation air heating and water heating Forty four by 8 foot solar panels with a design production of 10 KWH were installed The panels produce electricity that is sold to the Ontario Power Authority through the Micro Feed in Tariff Program MicroFIT which enables homeowners and businesses to sell their power at a fair fixed price through a twenty year contract with the government contributing to a reduction in building operational costs So far 23 367KW of electricity has been generated through these panels The solar thermal wall portion the project pre warms air drawn into the building reducing the need to burn natural gas in the furnace This Solar Wall has collected 171 482 KW equivalent of solar energy as of today In addition twenty four solar water heating collectors have been installed on the roof to pre heat the domestic hot water This system has collected more than 65 000 KW equivalent of solar energy as of today All above upgrades were possible mainly with the SHRRP grants from the Social Housing Unit of City of Toronto The major mechanical projects were managed with the help of Housing Services Corporation Enbridge provided incentive grants for reducing the natural gas demand The staff at the project worked hard for three years to complete these projects The first project involved reducing natural gas usage Abode of Peace in North Toronto were able to take advantage of incentives offered by Enbridge Gas Distribution Their Energy Solutions Consultant worked with the Abode of Peace staff throughout the project planning inspecting building equipment and providing free technical consultation on the building equipment the estimated gas savings and the financial incentives available New condenser boilers were installed replacing less efficient systems allowing the building to not only generate space heating but also recover waste heat for domestic hot water use The savings from the upgraded mechanical equipment will benefit the Abode of Peace for many years to come The most recent change made at Ahmadiyya

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  • OSEA: Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark
    Board for economic analysis and public review This raises a lot of questions we as ratepayers should be demanding answers to Why is the Ontario Energy Board s public review of what is best for Ontario s energy consumers being by passed How much would the Bruce B contract cause our electricity rates to rise and when Could all or some of our electricity needs be met at a lower cost by additional investment in energy conservation and efficiency Made in Ontario solar wind bio energy hydro combined heat and power and energy storage and waterpower imports from Quebec Before giving our consent we need to understand our options which brings me to green energy and community Across Ontario a quiet revolution has been going on thanks to the Green Energy Act and its Feed in tariff FIT programs Ontarians are increasingly becoming proponents independently or collaboratively through community participation in co operatives aboriginal and municipal renewable energy projects According to the OPA s 2013 Annual Report 18 of Ontario s wind and solar facilities are now community owned up from less then 1 prior to 2008 Community participation and local investment in renewable projects is important because local jobs and economic development returns are substantially higher when energy projects have significant local investment According to the recent Advantage Local report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance it creates on average twice as many jobs as absentee owned projects and increases the total local economic value by 50 to 240 The same report finds that local economic self interest builds political support by as much as 77 The Long Term Energy Plan notes that Development of wind power in Ontario has created opportunities for landowners local community co operatives Aboriginal communities and municipalities to partner with wind project developers

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  • OSEA: Doing more with less
    the good news Demand for electricity has been steadily falling in Ontario since 2005 despite a growing economy The province is now producing 21 more goods and services for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed than it was in 2005 Since the depths of the 2008 09 recession our economy has steadily recovered while electricity demand has remained largely flat Better technology such as LED lighting computerized pumps and motors that adjust to workloads and more efficient computer data centres are examples of the technologies driving this trend But there is bad news Ontario continues to under invest in this low cost source of energy and remains fixated on spending tens of billions of dollars to re build increasingly unnecessary nuclear reactors For every dollar the province has budgeted for energy conservation efforts in the next six years it plans to spend at least 5 40 on re building the Darlington Nuclear Station The wisdom of spending a whopping 5 4 times more on Darlington is even harder to grasp when you consider that the Ontario Power Authority acknowledges that we can buy conservation kilowatt hours kWh for 2 to 4 cents compared to OPG s high confidence estimate for Darlington of 8 9 cents per kWh Of course given that every nuclear project in Ontario s history has run massively over budget the difference could be more like 13 times greater spending on Darlington than on improving energy efficiency when the real re build bills are all in The Ontario government has made a worthy commitment to putting Conservation First But money talks and throwing billions of dollars at aging nuclear reactors while under spending on efficiency improvements says volumes about how much Ontario is still stuck in the past Given that our economy will be far further ahead

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  • OSEA: Coal free: Achieving the impossible in Ontario
    centralized system According the Independent Electricity Systems Operator as of November 27 2014 the provinces total installed capacity has reached 33 771 MW which includes 12 947 MW of nuclear 9 920 MW of gas oil 8 119 MW of hydro 2 483 MW of wind and 302 MW of biofuel In 2013 of the 154 TWh generated annually 59 2 came from nuclear 23 4 from hydro 11 1 from gas 3 4 from wind 2 1 from coal and 0 8 from solar biofuel and other sources This compares to the 2003 when 148 TWh were generated annually with 42 from nuclear 25 from coal 24 from hydro 8 from gas oil and 1 from biofuel The Green Energy Act and Community Power In 2009 the Green Energy Act with its associated feed in tariff FIT program was launched kick starting Ontario s sustainable energy industry At the time the world was experiencing a global economic crisis our automotive industry was struggling and there was still a fear of insufficient power supply to keep the lights on Manufacturers and developers through the programs have since managed to attract more than 24 billion in investment and create 42 000 jobs something no other jurisdiction in North America can claim Thanks to the FIT there has also been the emergence of a growing community energy sector with ever increasing numbers of Ontarians becoming proponents independently or collaboratively through community participation in co operatives aboriginal and municipal renewable energy projects One in six farmers now benefits from renewable energy and last year 18 of Ontario s wind and solar facilities were community owned up from less then 1 prior to 2008 Community participation and local investment in renewable projects is important because local jobs and economic development returns are substantially higher

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  • OSEA: Senvion and wpd complete commissioning of Ontario wind farms
    wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group the world s fifth largest manufacturer of wind turbines and wpd Canada completed commissioning of the Springwood and Whittington wind farms Senvion delivered installed and commissioned four MM92 CCV type turbines at Springwood and three at Whittington All seven turbines have a 100m hub height and are specifically adapted to cold climates Moreover many of the components were sourced locally including the blades which are produced at PowerBlades in Welland Ontario PowerBlades is a 100 subsidiary of Senvion SE The Springwood wind farm is located in the Township of Wellington Centre in Wellington County whereas Whittington is located in the Township of Amaranth in Dufferin County Ontario Whittington and Springwood will produce enough power to supply the electricity needs of about 2 300 homes annually Senvion will also provide service and maintenance for 15 years through an Integrated Service Package contract Spare parts and service for the Ontario market will be managed from Senvion s new service centre and warehouse located in Kitchener Ontario Springwood and Whittington are two of the first projects completed out of a contract volume of about 200 MW with several developers in Ontario that are still in the renewable energy approval process Wpd Canada President Ian MacRae says We re pleased our Springwood and Whittington projects have achieved commercial operation and are supplying clean renewable electricity to the provincial grid Reducing greenhouse gases is essential to address climate change and renewable energy is one way to accomplish that Helmut Herold CEO North America of Senvion Canada Inc says We are glad to see our wind turbines running with locally produced blades and we are looking forward to further deliveries out of our Welland blade manufacturing facility to other Ontario projects Contact Maike Althaus Directrice des Communications Relations Gouvernementales

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  • OSEA: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to receive Special Recognition at the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters' Union
    Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates PCL Constructors Canada Inc to receive Special Recognition at the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters Union The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is thrilled to announce that PCL Constructors Canada Inc will be receiving a Special Recognition Award at the 5th annual Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters Union at La Primavera in Vaughan on Thursday January 29th 2015 As a leader in the construction industry PCL Constructors Canada Inc is being recognized for building some of Canada s largest solar projects always reliably and to the highest worker safety standards The award will be presented to PCL by Paul Daly Vice President and Solar Representative of the Carpenters Union Local 27 and main partner of the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards We invite you to join us for the celebration For more information and ticket reservation please visit www poweringprosperity ca or contact Nicole Risse at nicole ontario sea org Tel 416 977 4441 x3 Last Updated Friday January 23 2015 at 8 50 59 PM Related Items Carpenters Union Powering Prosperity Awards 2016 On January 28th 2016 we turn the spotlight

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