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On April 25, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, followed by intense aftershocks that culminated in a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12. Over 8,500 people were killed, and at least 22,000 more were injured. Nepal had low levels of energy access before the earthquake, and has now suffered a significant setback.   SunFarmer is a social enterprise co-founded by Canadian solar industry veteran Jason Gray and his former SunEdison colleague, Andy Moon. They have been active in Nepal for nearly two years, where they provide “rent-to-own” financing and long-term monitoring and maintenance for institutional solar projects including health facilities, schools, and farms. With an on-the-ground engineering team based on Kathmandu, they are currently responding to the energy needs of those impacted by the disaster, and planning for the long-term reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure. [Read More]

This spring, Emerging Leaders in Solar Energy (ELSE) will launch Canada’s first mentorship program for the solar energy industry. Targeting students, recent graduates and young professionals less than 35 years of age, the program will match mentees with two experienced industry professionals for one-hour, in-person sessions. The ELSE program was modelled after a successful commercial real estate mentorship program which encourages pairs to develop diverse, casual mentoring relationships with minimal time commitments for mentors. “My co-chair Lia and I were looking for ways to better serve ELSE members and to truly add value to their professional development efforts,” said outgoing ELSE Co-chair Jonathan Frank. “And on a broader scale, I felt that a mentorship program was a critical step in the maturation of the Canadian solar industry.” John Gorman, President and CEO of CanSIA, notes that the industry’s reaction to the mentorship program has been overwhelmingly positive. “ELSE continues to design and implement programs and initiatives that are of tremendous value to the industry. Every member of CanSIA’s Board of Directors signed up on the spot,” said Gorman. “It’s another example of the vibrancy of the solar industry as represented by our emerging leaders.” [The above is an excerpt from an article in CanSIA's SOLutions magazine. Read the full article]

Introducing the new 2015 ELSE Board The Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE) board has finished off another strong year completing its first international development project on the Siddeswor Health Clinic, launched a Mentorship Program connecting students, young professionals, and industry experts, as well as running several events and tours throughout the past year.

Participate in Shout Out For Solar Day, January 16 Snap a photo in support of solar energy in Canada! Participation is simple: If you like solar, tell your friends, family and coworkers, "#GoSolar #Canada!"

The Great Canadian Solar Hashtag Hunt So what exactly are we trying to do? Simple: we want your help to come up with an inspiring solar energy-themed hashtag that the industry can use for public education.

We've finally released all of the details of our Solar Canada 2014 show programming! Click the jump to learn more about our Employment Tours and Learning Pod Session!

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NEW CANSIA WORKING GROUP VOLUNTEER ROLES Please be advised that in an effort to increase opportunities for enhanced participation and activity, CanSIA has identified the opportunity for additional key roles and responsibilities within the structure of the Working Groups. These opportunities have been identified as:

INTERVIEW WITH JASON GRAY OF SUNFARMER, PART II ELSE caught up with Jason Gray, co-founder of SunFarmer, for a quick question and answer session about the Siddheswor PV project, the founding of their non-profit, and daily life in this remote Nepali village. Part 2 of 2. ELSE: Why is the Nepali government supporting some of these PV projects?