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CLEAN ENERGY IN THE GULF ISLANDS!

Salish Sea Renewable Energy Co-operative (SSREC)

SSREC assists residents and property owners of the Gulf Islands, BC, Canada with purchasing and installing renewable energy systems. SSREC organizes bulk purchases, supports education and training, and participates in renewable energy advocacy.

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CLEAN ENERGY IN THE GULF ISLANDS!

Salish Sea Renewable Energy Co-operative (SSREC)

SSREC assists members with purchasing and installing renewable energy systems, organizes bulk purchases, supports education and training, and participates in renewable energy advocacy.

SSREC serves Salish Sea communities in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada.

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Purposes

  • Promote, support, and/or facilitate the installation of low-carbon renewable energy systems on the Gulf Islands
  • Advocate for low-carbon renewable energy policy by governments and public agencies
  • Support training and education on the islands related to low-carbon renewable energy systems

Featured Videos

Solar Stories from the Gulf Islands

Produced by SSREC installation partner Viridian Energy Co-op

Risa Smith and Tom Mommsen,
Salish Sea Renewable Energy Co-op

Aug 4, 2021 | Galiano Island, BC

Keith Erickson

Sept 4, 2021 | Galiano Island, BC

Chessi Miltner, Executive Director of the Galiano Conservancy Association

Sept 4, 2021 | Galiano Island, BC

Fire Chief Karen Harris,
North Galiano Volunteer Fire Departmen

Jul 1, 2021 | Galiano Island, BC
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Latest News

Solar is booming all over. Where is BC?

February 16th, 2022|Solar News|

It looks like the German government is (finally) getting serious about decarbonizating their energy by massively investing equally in wind and solar energy and many other countries are doing likewise. Germany, which receives between 15 and 35% less sunshine than BC, already has 60,000 MW of solar PV. BC has a piddly 50 MW! Between now and 2030 – the period that the IPCC identified as absolutely critical (‘Code Red’ in their words) in getting a handle on climate change – Germany will install 15,500 MW of […]

Canada Greener Homes Grant Assessments

February 15th, 2022|Grants, SSREC News|

Many of you may have applied for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which provides up to $5,000 for energy efficient retrofits to your homes. These highly recommended grants include the ability to install solar energy systems ($1,000 per kW, to a maximum of 5 kW).  However, these applications require an assessment by a certified EnerGuide evaluator and this has been a bottleneck in people accessing these funds. 

SSREC has now arranged for a certified evaluator to come to Galiano, […]

Solar Bulk Buy in 2022

February 15th, 2022|Bulk Purchases, SSREC News|

We are delighted to announce that SSREC is organizing a bulk buy of solar this year, although our approach has changed somewhat. Our volunteers were a little overwhelmed by the size and scope of our last bulk buy in 2020/2021 which was complicated by following strict Covid-19 protocols, those tedious supply chain issues and logistics challenges from having to juggle demand from half a dozen islands. Yes, it was frustrating, but in the end, solar is ‘up’ and doing its magic, supplying electricity from the […]

Current Initiatives

Ten Solar Power Myths

SSREC’s Tom Mommsen debunks ten myths about solar power, myths like “we don’t get enough sun”, or “it’s too expensive”, or “it’s too complicated”…

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Advocating for Fair
Net-metering Policy

Tell the provincial government that BC Hydro should support installation of residential and community-scale solar systems

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Community Presentations

Solar myths and solar truths. Why install solar? How much does it cost?

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Community Solar in BC – A Short Primer

This article was first published in early 2017, and since then the community of Hudson’s Hope has been busy installing 500 kW solar PV on public buildings, and the Upper Nicola Band is embarking on a 15 MW solar project, while two independent utilities (Summerland, New Westminster) have seen the light and follow Nelson in installing community solar. On the negative side, BC Hydro’s standing offer programs have since been suspended, and BC Hydro is attacking the net-metering program with an application to the BC Utilities Commission to limit net-metering. Link: http://www.bcuc.com/ApplicationView.aspx?ApplicationId=629

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