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Solar Energy MapThe following charts indicate the estimated electricity that can be generated by grid-connected, south-facing photovoltaic (PV) arrays without batteries (in kWh/kW) in Canadian and other cities. See the map for a visual look at Canada’s PV hotspots.

LEEDMore Canadian projects were certified to LEED in 2013 than in any previous year, reports the Canadian Green Building Council. The 574 projects certified in 2013 raises total certified projects to 1484. Another 598 projects were registered for


Canadian CommerceCanadian enterprises sold more than $136 billion in goods and services over the Internet in 2013, with wholesale trade, manufacturing and retail trade accounted for the majority of the value of e-commerce sales. And just like 2012, wholesale trade,


ConstructionA new report by McGraw Hill has found that Canadians developers are starting to see the benefits of building green, and planning their future projects accordingly. The report, commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council, is the first of its


2015 Electrical Code UpdatesThe 23rd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating. Pre-order your copy before December 31 and


CSA GroupThe Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic, interactive forum that provides the latest, most up-to-date information for effectively addressing them. It will


CSA GroupKey events scheduled in Mississauga ( October 7&8 ), Calgary ( October 15& 16) Halifax, ( November 3 & 4) . The Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic,


canadian electricalThe Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has announced that AltaLink, an electricity transmission company based in Calgary, AB, has been designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company. With this designation, AltaLink becomes the first-ever


UK SolarCanadian Solar has announced that it has acquired six solar power projects totaling 46 MW in the United Kingdom.



Energy FarmA new deal between Canadian Solar and Samsung Renewable Energy to build a 140 MW DC utility-scale solar energy farm is expected to generate over $300 million for the company and create several hundred green energy jobs.

PhotovoltaicCanadian Solar is once again going with Renewable Energy Systems for a solar photovoltaic facility.

Canadian Solar NicaraguaOne of the world's largest solar power companies, Canadian Solar has completed the supply of 3.1 MW of CS6X-300P modules to a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. This PV plant, Planta Solar Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua, will


Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Sharp Corporation to acquire Recurrent Energy, LLC a North American solar energy developer, for approximately $265 million.


Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has entered into an agreement to sell the Westbrook 10MW AC utility-scale solar power plant in Kingston, ON to a


Game Changer AwardHelp honour individual and corporate innovators who are advancing the solar industry in Canada by submitting a nomination to CanSIA for its Game Changer Awards. Deadline for nominations: January 19, 2015. 



CleanCanadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) President and CEO John Gorman has been named to Canada's 2015 Clean50 list. CanSIA is a national trade association that represents 650 solar energy companies across Canada.

CanWEA 2014Anyone with an interest in wind energy now has a new way to find information and participate in public dialogue, courtesy of a new wind energy website. The interactive platform provides access to wind energy resources and information by directly


Oct 30 canweaAs part of CanWEA2014, delegates were invited on a tour and demonstration at Kruger Energy Inc.’s Montérégie Wind Farm. The wind farm comprises 44 wind turbines erected in five Montérégie municipalities: Mercier, Saint-Constant, Saint-Isidore,


DCNSTidal technology group OpenHydro, a DCNS company, and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. have formally launched Cape Sharp Tidal, a new joint venture business that will deploy a fully grid connected 4MW tidal array in the Bay of Fundy next year. This


  Ideal's new carbide tipped hole cutters are designed for efficiency  offer efficient and clean cutter replacement for traditional knockouts.

RackamA new solar power system is a “world premiere in the pulp and paper industry.” Cascades and Rackam are getting set to install a powerful, 1,490 m 2 concentrated solar power (CSP) system on a 4,000 m 2 lot to reduce consumption of natural gas used


ConoverIt was a pesky glitch: an intermittent problem that tripped the breaker and interrupted the 480 V power to one of two 100-horsepower fan motors driving the dust filtration system at an Ohio asphalt plant. 



cawikStatus of Women Canada has awarded $249,900 to the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) for a three-year project to conduct research and develop an action plan to improve women's advancement into leadership roles within the


CBCLCBCL Limited is a leading employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm in Atlantic Canada. With a staff base of over 300 in nine regional offices, the firm offers professional services to clients throughout the



Electric utilities must innovate now to meet the shifting needs of tomorrow’s customers and contain the costs of infrastructure renewal, says a new report by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The report urges a systematic approach to


Year Of Light

January 19-20 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2015 International Year of Light in Paris, but events will be taking place throughout the year and around the world. People of all ages and all backgrounds will gain an appreciation for the central



Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC), an Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) council, has released its 2014 Consumer Electronics Market Trends and Forecast Report.

Cemra Brandon Oukes, a 3rd year electrical engineering technologist student at Georgian College in Barrie, ON, is the recipient of a $2,500 CEMRA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers’ Representatives Association) Academic Leadership Award. The award is


Cerro Wire Unveils New iPhone and iPad App for the Electrical ContractorWith just the touch of a finger, electrical contractors can calculate conduit fill, voltage drop, and amperage all within a simple mobile app. For voltage drop calculation, users simply enter the length of the conduit run and the type of conductor, and


Five Tips to Find Time for Field Service Marketing

SimProTime is a precious resource that we all want more of. And if you own a field service business or work for one, you undoubtedly know how hard it is to find time for everything you need to accomplish in a workday, let alone a week, a quarter, or a year.

Like many of us, you do your best to check every item off of the to-do list during working hours while inevitably pushing lower priority items off to another day. And often, marketing your field service business is one of those things that easily falls to the wayside after being pushed back for more urgent matters.

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Government of CanadaThe federal governemnt has officially launched a call for proposals (CFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI). The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new and innovative projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and charging and refueling infrastructure thereby increasing public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.

Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion



The Canadian Electrical Code for safer electrical installations

Canadian Standards Association

For over 90 years, the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CSA C22.1:21), has helped ensure the safety of electrical installations and protection of electrical workers. Its 2021 edition brought 200+ additions and updates that address energy storage systems, climate change adaptation, hazardous locations, and other important topics. To help users better understand and apply the Code, CSA Group developed additional resources and training.

Learn more about available Code packages and resources




Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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SimplySnap: It Just Works.

SynapseSmart technology is only smart if it works, and SimplySnap? It just works.
Scalable, field-proven, DLC NLC 5.0 qualified, and easy-to-install wireless network
lighting controls are in-stock. Explore energy code compliant SimplySnap
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Ericson String LightsEricson announces upgraded versions of their extremely capable line of Industrial String Lights and SL, LED Stringlights. These new and updated products have several key features important when safe, code compliant lighting for industrial workspace is necessary.

Infinitely capable, these ruggedly built products have several industry leading & exclusive features including:

Industrial String Lights:

  • A United States Navy Specification since before WWII, they’re time and application tested...


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