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Wind Power

The kinetic energy in wind can be converted into useful forms of energy such as mechanical energy or electricity. For centuries, wind energy has been harnessed for sailing ships, to turn mills, and to pump water. Today, wind is used more and more to generate electricity. Turbines with large propellers on ‘wind farms’ that are located prime wind corridors and are tied to existing electrical grids. Wind energy is captured only when the wind speed is sufficient to move the turbine blades, but not in high winds when the turbine might be damaged if operated.

Canada has large areas with excellent wind resources and therefore a significant potential for the expansion of wind-generated power. Some of the highest quality areas are offshore and along coastlines. For more local and homestead uses, a wind turbine is an excellent addition to a PV (solar panel) system. For example, BC’s coastal climate sees more wind and rain than sunny days. Although solar panels will generate some power in cloudy weather, wind turbines are perfect for those story days.

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Hydroelectricity

Hydroelectricity is the most common form of renewable energy produced in Canada. The flow of water in rivers produces kinetic energy that can be transformed into usable electric energy. 

Prior to the invention of electricity, waterwheels created mechanical power for milling grain, sawing, and for irrigation.

To produce hydroelectricity, water flow is directed to spin a turbine, which is connected to an electric generator and this action generates electricity.

The amount of energy produced from flowing water depends on the amount and speed of the water. Systems Solar works with micro-hydro power designs. This can be as small as a english muffin or even more substantial depending on the need. For example, water flowing through a water-main can power a beacon (to ensure water supply at night) or charge station for your phone or other device. 

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What is Renewable Energy?

As described by the National Research Council of Canada, “renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. There are various forms of renewable energy, deriving directly or indirectly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. They include energy generated from solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and ocean resources, solid biomass, biogas and liquid biofuels. Biomass, however, is a renewable resource only if its rate of consumption does not exceed its rate of regeneration.”

So this means in simple terms the energy created does not exceed the consumption. Systems Solar works primarily in micro-hydro, wind, solar photo-voltaic (PV), and thermal.

Additional Information

Energy-producing technologies and equipment have been developed over time to take advantage of these natural resources. So ‘usable’ energy can be produced in the form of electricity, industrial heat, thermal energy for a number of uses. 

With its large landmass and diversified geography, Canada has an abundance of renewable resources that can be used to produce energy. Canada is a world leader in the production and use of energy from renewable resources. Renewable energy resources currently provide 18.9 per cent of Canada’s total primary energy supply.

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West Kootenay Power & Light Building and Systems Solar

This building is an icon of the Crowsnest Highway. It was decommissioned as a substation in the late 90’s. Since then it has been sitting idle with only a few improvements over the decades. It is now being leased by Systems Solar in a deal that will assist the stakeholders of the building to see it utilized as more than just its aging shell.

The goal of Systems Solar is to take the three sections of the building and give them each their own distinct characters. The front section will be a renewable energy business incubator. The centre section will be part of the museum, as well as a film set (very Frankenstein’s lab), and its acoustics will make it a very amazing music recording studio.

There will be a site visit this week Wednesday March 4th, 2020 between 4 and 5 PM. If you wish to attend please email: KPLB@systems-solar.com

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Tech Service in the Boundary

Well, it seems that small towns need services just like big cities. So when Systems Solar found out that Greenwood and Midway did not have technical repair services for personal and commercial electronics we decided that we would fill that gap. Martin has owned repair and service shops in the past and given that he worked on major building projects and repaired the tiniest of electric device, he is no stranger to repair.

So, bring in your broken and failing gear. Musical, phone, computer, or whatever you want and he can try to make it work like new.

To order a service call, or to arrange a drop off, please click here

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A Little SSL


We have completed our server upgrades and now have secured our site with SSL. This means our site cannot be hijacked by criminals. The SSL certificate means the location of the site, and the data shared with it, is secure. 

You will now see a lock, or a green indicator in the search bar above. This says the site is using the “https://“ protocol and it is the industry standard for security.

Now you can safely shop and communicate on our site! It’s a good day to go solar!

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BC Aviation Council Membership

We’ve joined the BC Aviation Council!

Systems Solar got its start in solar power when the owner Martin earned a RCAC scholarship to train as glider pilot when he was 16 years old.

Glider pilots know all too well the challenges of staying aloft without an engine. It has to do with knowing winds and thermals! Just like solar power, position of the equipment is 90 percent of the process. the other 10%… it’s skill and sweat!

With aviation in mind, Systems Solar is proud to announce its membership in the BCAC. The British Columbia Aviation Council has the following objectives:

VISION
An aviation and aerospace industry that is visible, connected and thriving.

MISSION
To promote, stimulate and encourage the development, growth and advancement of aviation and aerospace in British Columbia.

Well, there you go. Just like our love of flying, solar devices only work when they are connected!

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Systems Solar now member of CanSIA

We are now members of the Canadian Solar Industries Association or better known as CanSIA. The goals of every company working to reduce the use of fossil fuels is a company with a mission. A mission to save the environment. Since Systems Solar’s goal is to get the most out of these systems it was time to join and show our support for the industry and to ensure our ideas are shared with other companies that will utilize our products and services.

You can find the association at: CanSIA.ca

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Carbon Monoxide and Climate Change

There’s a lot of talk about rising levels of carbon dioxide these days. So let’s take a quick look at its deadly cousin.

One of the most prominent factors that no one seems to be talking about in climate change is the incredible increase of carbon monoxide (CO) and decrease of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere in recent years.

Recent studies have found that our atmosphere has the highest amount of carbon monoxide levels in the last 800,000 years and averaging around 411 Parts per Million (ppm). Three years ago, the average levels were 208 ppm, which equates to a 68% increase in just a mere three years. This increase has been documented in the past, however it would taken over 250 years to change this much.

Before 1990, CO levels increased an average of a 0.5% or less increase per year. Since 1990 the average annual rise is 2% or higher. This means that since 1990 there has been more than a 56% increase in carbon monoxide levels.

Next time you consider burning, which is pretty much anything, please remember the carbon monoxide it produces. This can be your vehicle, a woodstove fire, or even electricity that is generated by coal, oil, or natural gas.

Alternative products are renewable technologies like wind and solar panel electric as well as hydrogen fuelled catalytic convertors that produce water as a by-product.