Getting on the Green Band-wagon

I know this is not a new topic and probably of little interest to anyone, but just for giggles I’d like to run this up the flag pole …

Since when, did natural gas become a “renewable” commodity? I saw on tv this week, that Fortis is advertising how it has captured some gas from a bog or a dump or something, and now they feel ok to show their business as renewable. I think I have had enough of this psycho babble double talk. I didn’t like it when Star bucks started calling small tall and I am not buying it now with all these companies fracking our environment all to hell and then posing themselves as all green and cuddly. It  just don’t fly! Your expensive tv ads don’t trick us. We’re not fooled, and we’re getting mad. Stop it. Please.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I want to also thank Fortis BC for being a pretty good company who actually have a good ethic to providing leadership on reducing our (their customers) carbon footprint. And for providing a good level of service in the distribution of their product. And it’s not as if I can be holier than thou because I use NON-RENEWABLE fossil fuels too, just like everybody else. I own that. So they should too.

 

 

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Solar rain

Its that time of the year again, when the weather gets nasty and solar takes a break. 

Not that I mind … I like a break as much as the next guy! And it gives me a chance to tackle and handle new solar inquiries, and start building a schedule for the Spring.

So, if you have a project you are considering, please use this wet time to plan and prepare. Then when the sun comes back out in the Spring, you are ready and in a position to take instant advantage of our great spring summer and fall weather.

Happy planning,

Paul

 

 

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Solar and tennis

Solar and tennis, what have they got to do with each other? Well, pretty well nothing. This post is about me taking a break from solar work to enjoy some wonderful tennis from Wimbledon. 

The post is about a particular peeve of mine, where the announcers of one match, can’t seem to shut up about the status of another match taking place at the same time in some court only they can see. I really don;t appreciate the update you see, because I am recording the other match, and wish to be surprised and delighted by the action as if it were being watched live. I like that. That is why I pay so much to be able to record so many channels at once.

McEnroe, can’t you please just keep it to yourself? Oh, and don’t be so hard on Raonic.  The man loves Roger Federer, was probably having the best match of his life, just being on center court with him doing his best and doing pretty good against that master. Why hang him out to dry on his deficiencies, if that is all you can say of him. Me, I think it was just fantastic to see him do so well. And he kept his composure. And he didn’t withdraw on a medical (perceived or otherwise) issue. Just a great match.

Wish I could be so thrilled with the Berdych match against Djokovic, but John McEnroe has taken that from me. Actually I think that comment should be directed at TSN, who bring me the matches on Telus cable. I am sure it is not easy to cover this complicated tournament, but I wish it were easier (somehow?) to plan to the recordings, and then to instruct their announcers to stick to their own matches, and not give away all the excitement of the other matches on the other channels.

Have a great summer you solar tennis lovers.

 

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Hang in there Mother Earth

So this weeks solar observation, is “Can mother earth survive Trump”? The American native nation were doing their level headed best to stop a pipe line from running through their watershed, and they actually had the Obama administrations approval to void the permits for that construction, but within four days of his Presidency, Trump over turned that ruling, and gave the thumbs up to the Army Corp of Engineers to carry on. This was probably just after giving the thumbs up for the XL pipeline and dismantling the EPA. Trump does not like Mother Earth – she gets in the way of him and his cronies making billions more dollars. Sorry about that kids, you’re on your own to try and survive in whatever world he has left you. If mother earth was hanging on a cross by nails in her hands and feet, Trump would laugh and have them launch 59 tomahawk cruise missiles at her. Take that you dirty old mother earth!

 

 

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Where is my Federal support for renewable energies?

My friend Justin Trudeau, who promised me he would drive Canada back towards the global goal of reducing greenhouse gas has been stalling. Now I know he visited Paris, got us on board the pact to begin ACTING to reduce green house gasses …and then, nothing. He got some flack from the Provinces when he went to talk about it – but that was expected. Canadians are no more interested in losing their comfortable lifestyles then any other HAVE nation, however, I think we would not revolt after the initial directives were laid down. And I know nobody would complain if we all managed somehow to save the world. I am sure peoples children, once they come to realize the dire situation of their future lifestyles, would not complain. So whats it all about? He announces how he supports pipelines and tar sands and LNG projects …why not support renewables with a few million dollars like he just did the Ford Motor plant and the Bombardier corporation, where the lifestyle continues to look so great for the multimillion dollar bonused CEO’s (not the poor ones that got laid off, however, they were charred to be able to meet those budget cuts, which the CEO’s then use to justify their multimillion dollar government subsidized bonuses… but I digress). How come I am still talking about this? We agreed to go along with the world. But Trump says he won’t honor his countries agreement, and will destroy the environment at any cost. And now it looks like since he holds a big economic axe over Canada’s head, Trudeau is going to renege on his promises too. Great country Canada eh? Doing whats right, helping to save the world. No, not really. We’re too greedy – Drill baby drill!

 

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Deniers denying denying

As a North American I want the climate science to be wrong. I don’t want to have to change my idyllic lifestyle. Does this sound like something you might be thinking yourself? You are not alone. Even the climate change deniers are getting tired of their own rhetoric and admitting that climate change is real and attributable to human activity. They are now poised to begin denying that they were deniers all along. You are about to see things getting very confusing. Oil companies will soon stop denying and start grabbing for pieces of the alternative energy market. Get ready for some very serious spin. 

Of course, we may have to wait for the Trump denier group to capitulate first. But he seems like a reasonable guy … I am pretty sure he supports solar. I bet he turns things around in no time at all. In fact, I am going to hold my breath WHILE THIS WHOLE MISUNDERSTANDING CORRECTS ITSELF.

 

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New Viessmann panels – overheating a thing of the past.

200-fm The new Viessmann 100 and 200-FM solar thermal collectors have incorporated a “ThermProtect temperature shut-off” feature into the selective surface coating on the copper fin. The special coating changes its molecular crystalline structure as the temperature increases, and causes it to increase the rate of heat emission. This prevents the collector fluid from forming steam and going into a critical shutdown stage, with lengthy periods of stagnation and its detrimental effects downstream. As soon as the collector temperature lowers a little bit, so the changes revert, allowing the collector to gradually begin to absorb heat once again. The benefits are impressive. Extending the life of the glycol (if present) in the heat transfer fluid, and higher efficiency in the panels, and extended life of the remainder of components from extreme high heat conditions. It’s a game changer.

Please visit our products page for brochure download to more fully explain this unique product.

 

 

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Solar update for 2016

I see in the news that Tesla is marketing an integrated solar roof and electric carport combination along with a household battery backup bank. This looks tremendously fashionable and I wish them all the luck in the world getting it to market. Their success will be my success. So far I have not seen a large enough interest from the public for solar PV to warrant getting into this product in my business, however I think that this will change and I hope Tesla’s product will be the one to break it open.

Note: Viessmann have a totally new solar panel out on the market now which will revolutionize the solar hot water world. Watch for a renewed product group coming soon to this website.

 

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Solar roof work – customers shoes

Do no harm.

That is a good first rule of thumb. The roof is in such and such condition, you want to leave it that way. Use a board to protect the gutter from your ladder weight. If you are working on an asphalt roof, which is the most common here in the Lower Mainland, then it is quite easy to install solar thermal, without overly jeopardizing the condition of the roof. Use a base (sealed roof penetration plate), or a flashing. Do not make exposed roof penetrations, ever. Be careful not to strip the lag bolt hole by over tightening. Try to keep your base plates onto a single flat surface – not overlapping adjacent shingle edges. When you turn your body, lift your feet so you are not scraping off valuable roof material coating or gouging the shingle wall.  If the roof is a steep pitch, and the panels are long, considering using a Unistrut top rail for the upper restraint. It will allow you to find and lag into the trusses using a flashed footing, and then give you ability to space your restraint straps to match the panel configuration.

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Solar works!

Have any of you heard people who say that they would not install solar because it doesn’t work in our climate? I get that one quite a lot and attribute it to peoples predisposition to believe we have too much rain here in BC. There is however a great project which I can point people to look it which is the Okotoks solar project in Alberta. Google it and see for yourselves what a great success was had there by that community.

Solar does work, and even here in sunny BC. Yes, I said sunny BC and it is true. Okotoks averages 3.58 KWh/square meter/day of horizontal solar radiation (RETscreen). Vancouver gets 3.34. Not a big difference eh? Well, anyways, the Okotoks project was a little different animal than the typical individual Solar Domestic Hot Water install but the systems do work well, and there is enough sun to make this worthwhile.

So the next time you hear someone say solar doesn’t work, you can politely reply in that you know of at least one install that is doing great. And know that you are right because the rest of the world is adopting solar on a massive scale and since Vancouver is not so different climate wise than a lot of the other places in the world that are going crazy for solar, then whats holding us back here? Preset notions of failure? Isn’t that silly?

And a shame, on us?

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