Solar Tour 2014

Cowessess Wind Developments Ltd. turbine.
800kW at 32mi/h
tailless, computer controlled.
Has Li-ion batteries.
Solar Tour Regina

Solar Tour Regina
Solar farm and home system of 10kW
Inverter anti-islanding. Prevents electrifying the grid while grid is down.
Isolation ring for the meter can be installed so you can attach a generator to the house to let the inverter keep working during a grid failure.

A Canadian report of a 2008 study of cities over 200,000 people around the world, listed Regina as sixth best in the world for solar energy generation potential.

Kelln has a system for pumping cattle water, that motion detects cattle, pumps up water to a bowl, and then lowers it below the frost line after the cattle have left.

Solar panels have passed the $1/Watt holy grail.
$500/Watt at the beginning.

250W panels on Toronto St. install.
Pool inside.

Solar Tour Regina
Namerind put a system on a rest home. The Resting Place south of The Serbian Club.
Namerind has a power generation update on their website.
Check out 1100 block Winnipeg in a few weeks.

Battery Depot which we drove by, has no apparent interest in marketing their products to solar users. Why aren’t they making money by putting solar panels on their south facing roof?

Tour’s poster designed by anti-nuke artist Richard Vicarious [sp?].

Picked up a few more people at Candy Cane park, then at Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw.

Mitchell’s thermal hot air system. Pop can design.
Solar Tour Moose Jaw

2.7kW grid tied system next on the south west corner of Moose Jaw. There are two arrays mounted on the ground, and their angles can be changed.

Next was a hybrid system to heat a stable. GAIT equestrian centre.
$1500 for the excavation of a geothermal cooling/heating system seen in photo.

Radiant heat presentation.

Saw a real moose behind Mac the Moose.
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5.7kW building integrated solar on a car port in Belle Plaine.

More detail and photos to come soon.

A Plan Designed To Fail Is No Plan At All #skpoli

“While it’s not immediately clear what impact the Obama (climate change) plan will have on the province, the government of Saskatchewan has taken measures to address the greenhouse gas issue through the development of programs and policies that will reduce our CO2 emissions,’ Wall said. “We have our (GHG) emissions reduction targets and continue to work toward them.”

Wall’s government’s plan is to reduce emissions to 20% below 2006 levels by 2020. Any climatologist could tell you this is totally insufficient to arrest climate change. The Kyoto protocol to reduce GHG to below 1990 levels, is arguably insufficient also, and there was a lot less carbon going into the atmosphere in 1990 than in 2006.

In fact, the destined-to-fail SaskParty plan is based on the equally political and unscientific Conservative [Not] Made In Canada (TM) lack-of-plan in Ottawa. That’s why all of the numbers are 20-20-20, they are a propaganda gimmick, not a scientific reality to “address the greenhouse gas issue”. They are ‘addressing it’ by reassuring the casual observer into a false sense of security, to trick people into thinking their leaders have the problem under control when in fact it’s totally mismanaged.

If you Do The Math, you’d want serious action from our government.

Do The Math – English subtitles from 350.org on Vimeo.

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Peak Oil Is Not Coming…

It’s here. This IEA report spells out peak oil as being in the past.
“Days of cheap energy over, IEA figures show”

The IEA’s annual outlook on investment, released today, shows annual investment in new fuel and electricity supply has more than doubled in real terms since 2000. Costs to the oil and gas industry also have doubled in that period and the IEA warns of “gradual depletion of the most accessible reserves.”

Canada is already seeing projects cancelled because of the high costs of developing the oilsands. And its contradictory stance on climate change with rules for the oil and gas industry repeatedly delayed may contribute to future uncertainty.

There would be no “gradual depletion” if we were in the non-peaked early 20th century.

The added expense of energy has a silver lining in that it will convince affluent North Americans to consider lower energy means of living. This could reduce pollution causing lung disease and climate change.

Made In Canada Scam

The Harper Conservative party promised a Made in Canada plan to address climate change, in response to backing out of Kyoto. That plan never came, which was no surprise to people paying attention to their true agenda of high pollution at the expense of our health and climate.

A spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq declined to answer questions about the memo directly. “Our government is committed to protecting the environment while keeping the Canadian economy strong,” spokesman Ted Laking said in a statement.

You may recall Lying Leona from the howler of a lie she told about Canada’s coal plants.

Canada Coaching Countries to Waste Water

Canada, a decade ago, used to do more good than bad in the wider world. Now we’re an international wrecking crew, teaching countries how to waste their water supplies on international disasters like shale oil.

This sort of unproductive activity is also changing our climate. It’s also slowing investment in renewable energy technologies that don’t pollute and consume water or air.

Our Acidic Ocean

It’s incalculably high what this will cost us.

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40 Years of Accidents in a Single Year

2013 had more railroad accidents than the past 40 years combined. Also, if you remember, a Quebec town was blown up, killing dozens instantly after the Lac Megantic rail disaster from under-staffing of a trail carrying dangerous tarsands bitumen in cars not rated for carrying it.

My pal Jerry mused: “if only we cold put the oil in sum sorta elongated cylindrical right of way where it could be monitored for leeks and it would take less energy to move it” (please excuse his typos, he has a learning disability).

Maybe he doesn’t mean like this pipeline explosion in Manitoba, leaving thousands without heat because they have no renewable heat sources for their homes? Maybe some of them have fireplaces still.

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Here’s where government is going wrong. Giving jobs to oil execs, we end up with people like Pam Wallin in power.