Renewable energy

 
Solar panel reflectors
A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30% . The ongoing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through...
Dual axis solar tracker
What to consider when choosing between a fixed-angle solar mount or one that tracks the sun all day. Greg Dorsey is a Maine certified solar installer with Goggin Energy of Portland, Maine, read his bio here.  When considering home solar power you will first want...
DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix. . Ben Hayward is a Carleton University Architecture grad student who has broken the typical mold of tiny houses, and designed something that in our opinion takes a...
Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing. Representatives from 18 communities across Canada attended three week-long intensive sessions last summer as part of...
Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them. This is the second piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction...
Solar panel installation
Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system. Diligent research is absolutely essential for any homeowner looking to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system on their home. But at some point, you need to hand the reins over to...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home. The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West...
Ontario climate change action plan
The Ontario climate change action plan will invest in renewable energy, green infrastructure and incentives to reduce GHG emissions . Learn how the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan can benefit you directly.  In June 2016, the Ontario government adopted a new Climate Change...
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold...
The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kickstarter
This is a great little video that illustrates how we are surrounded by potential energy, we just have to put a little thought into how to harness it. . We found this video at Whole Systems Design, a New England based company who identify, design, and develop human habitats. In their...
LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
An Australian report finds sustainable building is helping to create stronger and more prosperous communities. This post is courtesy of Hutchinson Builders Sustainable building practices are doing more than just helping the environment - they are also helping to create stronger and...
Outdoor solar shower
What could be better than an outdoor shower? If your answer is a solar powered hot water shower that you built all by yourself (or with friends), read on. . It might seem like pie in the sky, but with these easy to read DIY instructions from the good folks at the Endeavour Centre your...
Epiphany 0nE Puck
Imagine charging your phone with the heat from your morning coffee. With the Epiphany onE Puck you can. The idea behind the Epiphany onE Puck is simple: use a Stirling engine powered by heat disparities (a hot or cold drink, a candle, ice, etc.) to fully charge your cell phone...
the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
The inside of city water mains has up to this point not been a newsworthy place. With in-pipe power generating turbines, that is now poised to change. Hydroelectric power generation is definitely renewable but not always 'green' when you consider all the side effects, especially when...
Backyard solar panels
The Ontario Feed-In-Tariff program has made micro-energy generation projects not only a noble gesture, but a profitable one as well. According to Natural Resources Canada, over 20% of the energy consumed in Ontario is used to run homes. Of that 20% chunk, 80% is used for space and...
Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Yet another innovative Kickstarter campaign aiming to put small scale renewable energy generators in the hands of the masses. . We've seen portable charging devices for personal gadgets, we've seen vertical axis wind turbines and now we have seen a marriage of the two. That's right...
The benefits of a bicycle desk are plenty: from generating your own energy, to optimizing your health, to reclaiming that time you might have spent at the gym on the way home. There's just no way to lose with a bicycle desk. . This desk hack is just too brilliant not to feature. A...
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photovoltaics (PV). Whether you would like to become an educated consumer, or are considering a career in the industry, PVG will provide you with the basic theory of photovoltaics including practical applications and installation...
The installation of tidal turbines In New York’s East River
Renewable power sources such as sun and wind present challenges for grid operators in being able to consistently meet demand.  Tidal and river generators remove that unknown, and Cornwall, Ontario will soon benefit from a river turbine pilot project. A project started in 2002 by...
Photovoltaic solar panels
It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop...