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ELSE University of Calgary’s inaugural symposium event on solar energy’s potential in Alberta was a success, with over 85 attendees, including students, professors, and community members. The panelists, including two from the private sector and two university professors, had a diverse background and contributed to the discussion with their unique perspectives. Brodie Yyelland moderated the discussion well, summarizing the main points for the audience throughout the evening. Solar energy currently contributes less than 0.1% of Alberta’s electricity generation capacity Alberta is creating a new path based on proposed climate change initiatives and policies Phasing out coal is being accelerated New carbon tax introduced Significant investment has been proposed in the Climate Energy Plan By 2030, the Government’s goal is to have 30% of electricity generation in Alberta supplied by renewable energy This was an invaluable experience for the attendees and it was a good kick-off to this student organization at the University of Calgary. It garnered significant interest on campus. Students will be looking forward to the activities and event planned for the upcoming academic year. However, unanswered questions remain: What is a practical and achievable goal for the future?  Does Alberta have the right policy environment to incentivize an increase in solar energy development?  What are the challenges for setting up utility-scale solar projects?  How large of a role can micro-generation projects play?

As my time wears on in Nepal and the excitement of living in a foreign land diminishes, I find myself becoming more aware of the struggles this country is dealing with regarding energy.    I have taken energy for granted my whole life. I have never experienced a blackout. I have never been turned away at a gas station, and I can always find somewhere to refill my barbeque’ s propane tank. The situation here in Nepal is drastically different. 

As my time wears on in Nepal and the excitement of living in a foreign land diminishes, I find myself becoming more aware of the struggles this country is dealing with regarding energy.    I have taken energy for granted my whole life. I have never experienced a blackout. I have never been turned away at a gas station, and I can always find somewhere to refill my barbeque’ s propane tank. The situation here in Nepal is drastically different. 

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Are you a young professional who is passionate about solar energy? Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE) is looking for new National Board Members! The application deadline has been extended to midnight on February 14th! The past year has been a landmark one for ELSE which has seen many achievements including the launch of the first Canadian solar-focused mentorship platform, the completion of several high-impact projects supported by ELSE, including the launch of OffGridU, and the exciting growth of the Solar Ambassadors Program across Canada. ELSE has had a very successful 2015. We are looking to build up our 2016 Board of Directors to continue the momentum. The 2016 Board will be composed of 18 members, including two co-chairs, six committee-specific chairs and ten additional board members; this year there are seven open positions taking applications. Details on the open positions are outlined in the application package below. Applicants for the board of directors are required to commit to a minimum of 2 terms, with a "term" beginning and ending on March 1st. The expected weekly time commitment is approximately 2-4 hours, and applicants must be 35 years of age or younger.   Not yet ready to be a Board Member, but want to get involved? Sign up and become a Member (it's free!), or participate in our various board committees. Simply contact info@elsecanada.ca to find out more.

John Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association, will be speaking at UofT's sustainability conference at the end of the month! The conference is an amazing and accessible opportunity to engage in our sustainable energy future, during which experts and emerging leaders alike will discuss how to realize the shift to renewable energy and sustainable consumption: from ideas to impact buying cialis online uk. Learn more about the conference online, today!

Will you be joining thousands of attendees from around the globe at Canada’s biggest solar show – Solar Canada on December 7 & 8? As an emerging leader for solar energy, do you want a guided tour of some of the hundreds of exhibitors that will be there? This is your chance! ELSE (Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy) will be holding three guided floor tours of the exhibit hall – including stopping by companies such as Fronius Canada, Schletter, Canadian Solar, and North Wind Solutions. These informal and educational tours will provide an opportunity for emerging leaders to get to know some key industry players. Join us at one of our free tours, held at:     A. Monday, December 7th at 11:00am     B. Monday, December 7th at 3:00pm     C. Tuesday, December 8th at 10:45am No prior registration required. Tours will start from the ELSE booth (located next to the CanSIA booth) in the expo hall (Expo Pass required). We look forward to seeing you then!

Today is your chance to make the most impact by bringing light to reconstructed health clinics in Dolakha district, Nepal, where 186,000 people currently lack access to healthcare.

ELSE would like to share an invitation to the Green Holiday Bash, Vancouver's premier sustainability focused holiday gathering, hosted by BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA), Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP), Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE), the Green Chamber of Commerce BC (GCCBC), and Vancouver Green Drinks. It's going down December 7th at 6 p.m. There'll be food, drinks, games, and networking, so check out the Facebook or Eventbrite page and figure out to get yourself there! Come out, meet some people, and celebrate a green Christmas!

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