Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 3, 2018

Steve MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOneA new program launched by Nova Scotia with federal government support will provide rebates for residents of Nova Scotia to reduce the cost of solar-electricity systems for their homes.

The SolarHomes program will provide rebates of up to 30% off the purchase and installation costs of rooftop solar-electricity systems. The program is expected to make solar power more affordable and accessible for at least 2,000 Nova Scotian households over the next four years, and participants in the program will save an average of $1,300 per year in energy costs. (Shown in photo: Steve MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOne, which operates Efficiency Nova Scotia.)

Nova Scotia is investing $74.9 million toward programs that help increase renewable-energy use and make homes more energy efficient. These investments will help homeowners save money on their energy bills, support local jobs, generate economic growth, and reduce carbon pollution. Through the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, Nova Scotia is eligible to receive $56 million for programs that generate clean growth and reduce carbon pollution. A portion of that funding will support the SolarHomes program. Applications will be available in mid-August.

The Government of Canada’s Low-Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework, to deliver on commitments to reduce carbon pollution, protect our environment, create well-paying jobs, and strengthen Canada’s economy.

If you’re a contractor interested in the program, find out more here: https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/solarhomes/#tab-get-started

 


Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

As industry experts you know the products you use everyday better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them.

Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFI's…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Lets generate some discussion that will help guide the Industry.

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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