Solar conference focuses on consumer-demand for renewable energy
By Jillian MorganSolar
It is time to “go solar,” according to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
Solar Canada 2017 Conference and Exhibition, held in Toronto, ON, brought together industry experts and thought leaders to discuss solar power opportunities and challenges.
Speakers included Minister of Natural Resources James Carr; Ontario Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault; Terry Young, vice-president of policy, engagement and innovation, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO); and Notley.
“We can tackle climate change without leaving working people behind,” said Notley. “So let’s go solar. Let’s go renewable. Let’s make sure our energy industry is part of the climate solution – one that will help all of Canada to prosper.”
The event featured a number of sessions focused on a consumer-driven demand for energy from renewable resources, held at the Gowling WLG Theatre. The education sessions were offered in three streams: residential, commercial and industrial. An expo hall and a number of networking events also took place.
“Solar Canada 2017 cemented for me the fact that the market conditions for solar energy technology across Canada have never been stronger,” said John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
CanSIA and Deutsche Messe, a German trade fair company, co-organized the event.
“Accelerating emphasis on decarbonization, digitization, and consumer empowerment is connecting the dots between solar energy and the solutions of the future that we need to power our lives, businesses and communities,” added Gorman.
Next year’s conference will take place in Calgary, AB, from June 20-21, 2018. www.solarcanadaconference.ca