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Interested in meeting other emerging leaders for solar energy alongside Canada’s biggest solar show? Then join Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE) (and YPE – TBC) for a mixer / networking event: When: Tuesday, December 7th starting from 4:30pm (to around 7:00pm) Where: Grace O’Malley’s at 14 Duncan Street, Toronto (between King Street West and Adelaide Street West, and just a few minutes’ walk from the MTCC / Solar Canada) Whether you will be at Solar Canada or joining us from school or work, drop by for a drink and some engaging conversations with other emerging leaders on Canada’s solar energy future. We look forward to seeing you there!

ELSE's Brodie Yyelland blogs from Nepal, as he works with SunFarmer to create "Off Grid U." I have been fortunate to meet a fantastic group of people here in Kathmandu. Regular dinners, brunches, performances and adventures have kept my social life a-buzz. One particular adventure - a trek to Kirtipur - was notable as it was my first trip outside of Kathmandu thus far.

ELSE's Brodie Yyelland blogs from Nepal, as he works with SunFarmer to create "Off Grid U." Now that I have gotten my bearings in Nepal and with SunFarmer, it’s time to explain what I’m working on. The project is called OffGridU, an online platform for knowledge sharing.

ELSE's Brodie Yyelland blogs from Nepal, as he works with SunFarmer to create "Off Grid U." Today, I woke up in the bustling city of Kathmandu for the first time and met the SunFarmer team.

Earlier this month, this year's SolarWest conference took place in Calgary, Alberta. It brought together a wide array of industry professionals, policy makers, and academics to explore the burgeoning solar energy market and discuss strategies and opportunities in Alberta. As an example of the awesome insight offered by the expertise at SolarWest, check out the presentation below.   ELSE also had strong representation at the conference, with the closing keynote being delivered by our own co-chairs, Noel McDonald and Mike Skirzynski! Listen to it below: To learn more about Alberta's brighter energy future check out these presentations on public opinion, market analysis, and CanSIA president John Gorman's opening remarks.

ELSE's Brodie Yyelland blogs from Nepal, as he works with SunFarmer to create "Off Grid U." After running a gauntlet of preparations, I’ve finally made it to Kathmandu, Nepal. A wave of relief is rushing over me - a new set of adventures is just beginning. 

Interested? Apply by November 15th! You can learn more about the rules and requirements here.  

What does it take to be an entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry? How do you identify opportunities? How to get started? What do you need along the way? How to raise capital? What motivates entrepreneurs? What to do when you encounter obstacles? What is the most important quality in an entrepreneur? … Our speakers will share their personal experiences and give advice for the audience. This is an event for learning and networking! Find out more and get your tickets here.

Based on your prior experience with the Green Party what advice would you give to young voters?    The biggest challenge that we have is…well did you know that more people during the election don’t vote than vote for the winning party. When people say “ohhh you can’t vote for this party or that party”, what they are really saying is that you can’t vote for what you believe in…then people worry because voter turnout is declining. The most important thing is engaging people in politics and in voting.    With renewable energy specifically is there an issue, or perhaps more than one issue, that you would put at the forefront of discussions for our members?    Electoral reform. 

  ELSE is proud to support the Lubicon Lake First Nation solar project and share this video about it!