Canada’s provincial governments and consumers are focusing more on renewable energy in an effort to lower greenhouse gases and utilize more renewable sources of energy. This has created a tremendous opportunity for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) members and global solar community to expand their market presence in Canada. Next week’s Solar Canada trade show and conference scheduled to take place from December 7-8, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center promises a host of new business opportunities and industry leadership discussions on a variety of solar energy topics and trends.
“It is a time of transformation and rapid growth for the solar industry in Canada,” said John Gorman, President and CEO of CanSIA. “During Solar Canada, industry experts and leaders will share insights and knowledge in the field of solar energy as CanSIA looks at regions across the country transitioning to 21st century electricity systems.”
Solar Canada attendees will hear about the role of utility reform in the transformation of the electricity sector to the 21st century from keynote speaker, Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association whose mission is to transform policy to ensure a more secure, clean, and affordable energy system throughout the United States. Additional keynote speakers Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Bob Delaney MPP and Michael Lyle, Vice President Planning, Law and Aboriginal Relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will speak to implications of climate change for the future of Ontario’s electricity supply and demand. Mayor Trevor Birtch, the City of Woodstock & Oxford County Councillor, who put forward the motion to be the first municipal government in Ontario to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 will speak to how other communities across Canada can follow suit.
During Solar Canada, CanSIA will spotlight the Canadian energy conversation, highlighted by closer looks at what will be required to make the utility and industry technical transformation, as well as what market transformation will look like, and the various challenges and opportunities in provincial, national and international markets. The implications of solar as a mainstream resource also will be examined in a project-focused track.