November 2016

Solar Energy in BC

Please Note
Both the live session and webcast are confirmed to go ahead. Details to follow soon.
Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please email Jaishree Narsih at [email protected] if you are interested in being registered.
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Hot Breakfast
8:30 AM-12:00 PM: Solar Energy in BC - LIVE
Location: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (Ambleside I) 1128 W Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5 and Webinar
Presenter: Michel de Spot, P.Eng.
CEO, EcoSmart Foundation
Credit: 3.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Solar Energy in BC - LIVE : $199.00 + GST = $208.95 until Oct 26, 2016
Solar Energy in BC - Webcast : $199.00 + GST = $208.95 until Oct 26, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Solar Energy in BC - LIVE : $249.00 + GST = $261.45
Solar Energy in BC - Webcast : $249.00 + GST = $261.45

Non-Member Price: Solar Energy in BC - LIVE : $249.00 + GST = $261.45
Solar Energy in BC - Webcast : $249.00 + GST = $261.45

Student Member Price: Solar Energy in BC - LIVE : $124.50 + GST = $130.73
Solar Energy in BC - Webcast : $124.50 + GST = $130.73
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by October 26, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jaishree Narsih | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4865
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This session will cover all key aspects of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. In short, a PV system transforms solar irradiance into electricity that can be either sold to the grid or consumed locally. Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Today, the US employs more people in solar than in coal and gas. In the world, the rate of PV installations exceeds one 'Site C dam' per week. This course offers the fundamentals of PV solar with the objective to understand how to implement a successful solar project in BC.


This course will introduce the fundamental knowledge required to design, engineer and build solar photovoltaic projects in BC.
Topics include:
  • Solar resource assessment and mapping.
  • Type of installations: ground-mounted and rooftop.
  • Layout design and shading.
  • State-of-the-art available technologies (PV, inverters, mounting systems, trackers).
  • Equipment and system efficiency.
  • Energy modeling and software.
  • Energy purchase agreement (EPA with BC Hydro).
  • Grid interconnection.
  • Permitting.
  • Financial analysis and statistics.

Learning Objectives

In this seminar, you will learn:
  • how to assess expected production potential of a solar PV system;
  • what are the current technologies available;
  • how to improve overall system efficiency;
  • the process for obtaining an Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro;
  • how to calculate financial returns.

Target audience

Anyone interested in the various aspects of solar PV: design, implementation, policies, financial, etc. 


Mr. Michel de Spot, P.Eng.

Michel is the co-founder, current president and CEO of the EcoSmart Foundation, (www.ecosmart.ca and www.ecosmartsun.com), a Vancouver based not-for-profit corporation that helps to implement green practices and clean technologies with a focus on solar energy.
He is a past-president of the Sustainability Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, a LEED accredited professional, a member of DEERE executive committee and the co-chair of the Clean Energy BC (CEBC) solar committee.
Michel has extensive experience in solar energy and was the main driver behind ‘SunMine’, the first large-scale solar PV plant in BC. (http://www.sunmine.ca and  https://ecosmartsun.com/category/sunmine/)
SunMine won numerous awards including APEGBC’s Sustainability Award and the prestigious ‘Engineers Canada Award for outstanding Engineering project.’

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