Keeping up with this week’s solar stories—Canadian Edition (April 07th, 2017)

City of Edmonton may change bylaw to favor solar, Solar investments in Manitoba and Solar panels clear the financial hurdle in B.C.

CBCNews Edmonton

Edmonton poised to let the sun shine on city’s solar industry
The city of Edmonton is looking to tweak a bylaw to make it easier for homeowners to install solar panels on their houses. The proposed changes include removing the requirement of a development permit for roof-mounted solar panels in residential neighbourhoods. “It means less paperwork, less red tape,” said Anne Stevenson, senior planner with the city.

Richmond News

Solar panels clear the financial hurdle in B.C.
Rob Baxter, co-founder of Vancouver Renewable Energy, which installs solar panels on new and existing homes throughout the Lower Mainland, says it’s making more sense to look to the skies for home energy. Rising energy costs and a growing desire to live more eco-friendly lifestyles has spurred interest in solar panels to power our homes. Although solar panels have been around for quite some time, only recently have homes cloaked in photovoltaic panels, aimed at capturing the rays of the sun, begun to be so visible.

CBCNews Monitoba

Manitoban shines light on solar energy with $1.83 hydro bill
When Heather Bishop looks at the long row of solar panels installed in the yard of her rural southern Manitoba home, she sees not only an impressive setup, but an investment in the future. “Every time I drive into the yard, it catches me again, and it’s like, ‘Wow! That’s impressive,'” Bishop said. The 64 solar panels are about 34 metres long and four metres high. On a really sunny day, they make a light buzzing sound and you can feel their vibrations if you put your hand on them, she said.

CBCNews Edmonton

Solar panels to help cut office tower’s energy costs by 80 per cent
A narrow building on a single lot across from MacEwan University is in the architectural limelight for its innovative, energy-efficient design. Dubbed the Edge, the 10-storey office tower on 107th Street and 104th Avenue has a south-facing wall with 500 solar panels — enough to power 25 houses, says Gene Dub of Dub Architects Ltd., the Edmonton company behind the design. “Edmonton has a great amount of sunlight,” Dub said. “The panels get sunlight the entire day.”

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