Solar Energy Seminar

This ½ day course under Engineers and geoscientists of BC (EGBC) professional development program will introduce the fundamental knowledge required to design, engineer, and build solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in BC.

Two dates and locations:

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • How does PV solar work,
  • How to calculate the energy production,
  • What are the most current technologies available,
  • How to improve system efficiency,
  • How much does it cost,
  • How to calculate financial returns, and
  • How to maintain it.

Register here: for Kamloops, BC

and here: for Vancouver.

  • “The Speaker was well prepared and knowledgeable on the presentation topics.”
  • “Very informative and useful.”
  • “The learning objectives were met”

The course is open to everyone, members or non-members of EGBC.

SunMine on NRCan Map

NRCan Energy Resources Map
Natural Resources Canada has produced its second edition of the Map of Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP) in Canada.
The CERP map has been updated to show clean energy test centres and energy generating stations in Canada for hydro, tidal, wind, solar and more.

EcoSmart’s SunMine project is the largest solar plant outside Ontario.

Solar Energy Seminar

For engineers and others interested in the design, development and installation of solar energy projects,  the Association of Engineers of BC (APEGBC) is organizing a seminar on this topic on Nov 9, 2016.
This session will cover all key aspects of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology with the objective to understand how to implement a successful solar project in BC.
The presenter is Michel de Spot, who has extensive experience in solar energy.  Michel was the main driver behind SunMine the first large-scale solar project outside Ontario and a recipient of the prestigious Engineers Canada award.
To register, visit the APEGBC events web site.
The seminar is now closed.  See details and slides here.
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SunMine in the top 15 projects of the Clean 50 award

SunMine has been honoured by the Clean 50 award for outstanding contributions to clean capitalism and included in the top 15 project of 2017.
Since its inception SunMine has won numerous other awards:

  • Clean Energy BC, 2015 Community of the Year Award.
  • Union of BC Municipalities, 2015 Community Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation in Green Initiatives.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Sustainability Award.
  • Engineers Canada prestigious award: The National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement. 

Engineers Canada National Award

Engineers Canada Award National Award for an Engineering Project of Achievement was presented to Michel de Spot, President and CEO of EcoSmart for the SunMine project at a ceremony in Charlottetown, PEI.

Initiated by Michel de Spot, P.Eng. of EcoSmart Foundation Inc., SunMine is British Columbia’s first grid-connected solar facility as well as the first such facility to be built on a reclaimed mine site. With 4,000 solar cell modules mounted on 96 solar trackers that follow the sun, the site provides about 40 per cent more energy than a traditional fixed system. Owned and operated by the City of Kimberley, BC, SunMine’s success was the result of the exceptional collaboration of its key partners, Teck Resources Ltd., the City of Kimberley, BC Hydro, and EcoSmart. SunMine has also become a centre of excellence, showcasing leading edge solar technologies.

Globe and Mail Announcement

Photos of the Award Ceremony in PEI

SunMine receives the National Award

SunMine received the prestigious National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement from Engineers Canada.

The National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement bestows distinction on a team of engineers or for an outstanding engineering project or achievement that has had a significant positive impact on society and/or industry and/or engineering, and recognizes engineering achievements involving Canadian engineers.

The previous years’ recipients were: the new Skytrain lines in Vancouver , the new Port Mann Bridge over the Fraser River, the new Metro in Calgary and a large port in New Brunswick.
That SunMine receives the same recognition as these outstanding projects is an honour, a big achievement and a sign of the time.
In addition to the National Award, since implementation, SunMine received a number of awards:
  • Association of Professional Engineers of BC (APEGBC) sustainability award (Michel de Spot, .Eng.  – EcoSmart)
  • Clean Energy BC (CEBC), 2015 Community of the Year Award (City of Kimberley)
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)  Community Excellence Award 2015 (City of Kimberley)

APEGBC sustainability award 2015 video – SunMine

The 2015 Sustainability Award of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC went to SunMine, the first large scale solar power plant outside Ontario. It is also the first redevelopment of a former industrial site into a solar plant in Canada, the first solar project supported by a mining company (Teck) in Canada, the first solar power contract with the local utility (BC Hydro), and the first and only solar plant owned and operated by a Canadian municipality. SunMine showcases many innovations such as dual-axis trackers, distributed inverters, 1000 V DC  and more…. The video explains the project.