First Things First Okanagan hosted a Solar Fair/Symposium Saturday March 12, 2016. Talks in the Okanagan College Lecture Theatre were videotaped. Links to the talks are as follows:
SOLAR FAIR Community Solar (Carmen Proctor)
SOLAR FAIR Eco Sage (Tabitha Eneas + Phil Hawkes)
SOLAR FAIR Keynote Address (Josha MacNab)
SOLAR FAIR Energy Management (Jay Lewis)
SOLAR FAIR Green Economy (George Heyman)
SOLAR FAIR Experts Panel
This free, public, all day event will Include:
- Keynote presentation by Josha MacNab of the Pembina Institute.
- Presentations on how communities can get involved
- The City of Nelson Solar Garden
- Penticton Indian Band EcoSage Project
- Presentation of the “Tiny Solar House”
- Tours of the Pattison Center Of Excellence In Sustainable Building Technologies
- Solar energy seminars by local architects, and installation experts.
- Updates on the B.C. Climate Leadership Program and Power B.C.
- Testimonials from individuals and companies who have installed solar systems
- A Panel discussion on how you can decrease your carbon footprint through the use of solar energy
- Doors open at 8:30 and Opening Ceremonies start at 9:00 am at Okanagan College, 583 Duncan Ave West, Penticton
Australian-owned and operated Infratech Industries has sold and will export its ground-breaking floating solar system to Holtville City in California. Similar floating solar system currently in place in Jamestown South Australia Photograph: Infratech
“In the last fiscal year, Australia earned $172bn from international sales of its natural resources. But earnings are decreasing. The office of the chief economist estimates that energy commodities earnings declined by 6% to $67bn last year because of a decline in revenue from coal exports, and that exports of refined petroleum products have declined by an average of 11% a year over the last decade.
There are hopes however, that Australia could bolster its position by developing its exports of renewable energy – especially those generated through solar technology.”
For the full article go to the guardian.com
It seems the environmentalists won’t let Canada to come away from a Climate Change Conference without it. So far the Trudeau Government is doing better the previous Conservative Government. Canada was once a recipient of not one, but two special editions of the award: the Lifetime Underachievement Award, and the Colossal Fossil Award, for getting in the way of a climate deal. In any case I wonder who decides just who will receive these awards as Canada, a mighty small participant in global carbon emissions remains dwarfed by other countries who deserve a more prominent exposure.
Cap and Trade won’t work without enforceable caps.
Voluntary commitments won’t work if there is no way of compelling the countries to adhere to those commitments.
Then there is Plan C, “Stiglitz’s plan is to set a single, global price for carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas. The idea is to make it so expensive to use carbon that consumers and businesses voluntarily use less of it. Countries could raise the price of carbon either with a tax or with a domestic cap-and-trade system, Stiglitz says. In his vision, if a country didn’t set its carbon price high enough, hoping to gain a pricing advantage, other countries would be allowed to charge tariffs on its exports. He would throw in a green fund to compensate hard-hit poor countries.”
For the full article in Bloomberg Business go here