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  Meet our new intern, Khalid Kurshed!  

Originally from Edmonton, Khalid is going into his final year at the University of Victoria in Electrical Engineering. He has been enjoying his internship for the Solar Association and is impressed by the dedication of this volunteer board. Khalid chose an internship with the SCCSA because he is interested in renewable energy and GHGs reduction and feels that solar energy is the best way to accomplish this. 
So far and with the mentorship of Gerry Pageau, he has put together an energy audit check list and has spent time at the SPCA shelter planning the installation of their solar PV array, and the thermal solar collector. He is estimating cost and benefits of installing a heat pump to replace the natural gas boiler that heats the building.  He is looking forward to getting started on analysing SCRD buildings, that have been identified by staff there, following the ratification agreement between the SCRD and the SCCSA. 


Membership! Please renew/take out a membership in the Sunshine Coast Community Association. Every membership helps us do the work that is so important. Even though we are a volunteer group, we have a variety of projects on the go, so we need to pay insurance and need to pay expenses related to our intern not covered by the grant as well as some ongoing expenses. If you haven't had a chance yet to become a member, please go to: 
 
https://suncoastcommsolar.weebly.com and follow the membership link


      Grateful thanks to all continuing members!
 

Interested in joining the board and our team?  
   Contact us at
 suncoastcsa@gmail.com

 

Huge congratulations to Cody Kelso and his mom Megan who carried out a successful fund-raising walk from Gibsons to Powell River during the March break. They raised $23,570 for solar panels for the Sunshine Coast SPCA roof ($5000 generously donated by the SC Credit Union) and also raised over $10,000 for the BC Sustainable Energy Association. MP Patrick Weiler spoke in Parliament about their 115 Km walk from Gibsons to Powell River, saying in part,“Cody's journey not only made a meaningful difference in his community, it also inspires others that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.” 
 

         

Here’s a link to the new Federal government "Canada Greener Homes Grant" of up to $5,000 that can be put toward the installation of energy-saving projects such as improved insulation, high-efficiency water heaters and solar panels and battery storage. The services of an Energy Advisor to do an home EnerGuide rating are required pre and post retrofits

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/23441

 

Board member Gerry Pageau recently gave a Zoom presentation to the Gibsons Rotary Club.  Entitled, “Time to get going with solar” it was well received.  
If your group is looking for a speaker, we are always glad to spread the word about sustainable energy!


Board member Donovan Whistler recently took a virtual tour of Alberta-based organization, Eco-Solar Tour. He says, “They've been organizing free tours of residences and business walking the talk in sustainable building practices for close to 20 years. Because of COVID-19, they've pivoted from on-site to virtual tours via Zoom and YouTube.”

Donovan points out that the virtual tours feature sites in the Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge areas. “These virtual tours are moderated, combining interviews of the site owners and questions from virtual participants. These guided tours feature a wide range of scenarios and technologies, from energy efficiency retrofits to new Passive House certified projects. As well, there are impressive solar thermal implementations through solar PV, along with EV charging integration.”
For many of the sites YouTube videos are available and the Eco-Solar Tour hosts plan to post the sessions online where site project info sheets summarizing each project are available. Donovan encourages SCCSA members to explore these tours. - for more info: 
https://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/calgary-eco-solar-tour-goes-digital
 
 Something for the coast to consider?

 
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