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Solar Energy MapThe following charts indicate the estimated electricity that can be generated by grid-connected, south-facing photovoltaic (PV) arrays without batteries (in kWh/kW) in Canadian and other cities. See the map for a visual look at Canada’s PV hotspots.

LEEDMore Canadian projects were certified to LEED in 2013 than in any previous year, reports the Canadian Green Building Council. The 574 projects certified in 2013 raises total certified projects to 1484. Another 598 projects were registered for


Canadian CommerceCanadian enterprises sold more than $136 billion in goods and services over the Internet in 2013, with wholesale trade, manufacturing and retail trade accounted for the majority of the value of e-commerce sales. And just like 2012, wholesale trade,


ConstructionA new report by McGraw Hill has found that Canadians developers are starting to see the benefits of building green, and planning their future projects accordingly. The report, commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council, is the first of its


2015 Electrical Code UpdatesThe 23rd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating. Pre-order your copy before December 31 and


CSA GroupThe Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic, interactive forum that provides the latest, most up-to-date information for effectively addressing them. It will


CSA GroupKey events scheduled in Mississauga ( October 7&8 ), Calgary ( October 15& 16) Halifax, ( November 3 & 4) . The Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series raises awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues in a dynamic,


canadian electricalThe Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has announced that AltaLink, an electricity transmission company based in Calgary, AB, has been designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company. With this designation, AltaLink becomes the first-ever


UK SolarCanadian Solar has announced that it has acquired six solar power projects totaling 46 MW in the United Kingdom.



Energy FarmA new deal between Canadian Solar and Samsung Renewable Energy to build a 140 MW DC utility-scale solar energy farm is expected to generate over $300 million for the company and create several hundred green energy jobs.

PhotovoltaicCanadian Solar is once again going with Renewable Energy Systems for a solar photovoltaic facility.

Canadian Solar NicaraguaOne of the world's largest solar power companies, Canadian Solar has completed the supply of 3.1 MW of CS6X-300P modules to a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. This PV plant, Planta Solar Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua, will


Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Sharp Corporation to acquire Recurrent Energy, LLC a North American solar energy developer, for approximately $265 million.


Canadian SolarCanadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has entered into an agreement to sell the Westbrook 10MW AC utility-scale solar power plant in Kingston, ON to a


Game Changer AwardHelp honour individual and corporate innovators who are advancing the solar industry in Canada by submitting a nomination to CanSIA for its Game Changer Awards. Deadline for nominations: January 19, 2015. 



CleanCanadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) President and CEO John Gorman has been named to Canada's 2015 Clean50 list. CanSIA is a national trade association that represents 650 solar energy companies across Canada.

CanWEA 2014Anyone with an interest in wind energy now has a new way to find information and participate in public dialogue, courtesy of a new wind energy website. The interactive platform provides access to wind energy resources and information by directly


Oct 30 canweaAs part of CanWEA2014, delegates were invited on a tour and demonstration at Kruger Energy Inc.’s Montérégie Wind Farm. The wind farm comprises 44 wind turbines erected in five Montérégie municipalities: Mercier, Saint-Constant, Saint-Isidore,


DCNSTidal technology group OpenHydro, a DCNS company, and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. have formally launched Cape Sharp Tidal, a new joint venture business that will deploy a fully grid connected 4MW tidal array in the Bay of Fundy next year. This


  Ideal's new carbide tipped hole cutters are designed for efficiency  offer efficient and clean cutter replacement for traditional knockouts.

RackamA new solar power system is a “world premiere in the pulp and paper industry.” Cascades and Rackam are getting set to install a powerful, 1,490 m 2 concentrated solar power (CSP) system on a 4,000 m 2 lot to reduce consumption of natural gas used


ConoverIt was a pesky glitch: an intermittent problem that tripped the breaker and interrupted the 480 V power to one of two 100-horsepower fan motors driving the dust filtration system at an Ohio asphalt plant. 



cawikStatus of Women Canada has awarded $249,900 to the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) for a three-year project to conduct research and develop an action plan to improve women's advancement into leadership roles within the


CBCLCBCL Limited is a leading employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm in Atlantic Canada. With a staff base of over 300 in nine regional offices, the firm offers professional services to clients throughout the



Electric utilities must innovate now to meet the shifting needs of tomorrow’s customers and contain the costs of infrastructure renewal, says a new report by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The report urges a systematic approach to


Year Of Light

January 19-20 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2015 International Year of Light in Paris, but events will be taking place throughout the year and around the world. People of all ages and all backgrounds will gain an appreciation for the central



Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC), an Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) council, has released its 2014 Consumer Electronics Market Trends and Forecast Report.

Cemra Brandon Oukes, a 3rd year electrical engineering technologist student at Georgian College in Barrie, ON, is the recipient of a $2,500 CEMRA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers’ Representatives Association) Academic Leadership Award. The award is


Cerro Wire Unveils New iPhone and iPad App for the Electrical ContractorWith just the touch of a finger, electrical contractors can calculate conduit fill, voltage drop, and amperage all within a simple mobile app. For voltage drop calculation, users simply enter the length of the conduit run and the type of conductor, and


       Partnering For The Next Step                

Siemens CanadaWelcome to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit brought to you by Siemens

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“Re-envisioning Electrical Switchboards”: For light commercial applications, the status quo is no longer enough


Whether you’re a contractor or consultant, compact footprint and shorter lead times are a priority. At Eaton, we understand these challenges. That’s why we have re-envisioned our traditional electrical switchboard to assess how it could better serve light commercial applications. The result? The Pow-R-Line CS. 

Join Eaton’s webinar on June 30th, 2020 and learn the secret to shorter lead times alongside the additional benefits of:

 -  Versatile Configuration - Cost Effectiveness - Plus a Complimentary 3D Product Demonstration!

Sign up and join our host Annu Yadav - Distributor Programs Manager and our presenter Aditya Ramesh - Product Manger of Panelboards & Switchboards. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Click Here To Register.


WestburneMany contractors prefer to deal with the people that they know, in their local branch. When doing a job out of town, it’s often inconvenient or simply impossible to return to your home branch to pick up material orders for the next day, within standard business hours.

Westburne’s new locker solution extends the branch’s pick up times to 24 hours, 7 days a week.




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EmployeesBy Terry Becker

All electrical incidents are preventable! Keep employees safe with an up-to-date electrical safety program and complimentary training.

“Employees don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect!” This is a great quote when it comes down to occupational health and safety. The need for ensuring that an audit is a key component of your overall occupational health and safety management system and your company’s electrical safety program is essential.

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Brady Pull-Handle Butterfly Valve LockoutThe Pull-handle Butterfly Valve Lockout. Its simple, fold-over design effectively lockspull handles in any desired position. And, it holds up to four padlocks for added safety. No matter what industry you’re in, this versatile, one-piece lockout device bolsters your safety lockout solution. And that’s a welcome addition to any lockout program. With this device you’ll also get:

  • A great fit – exclusive, anti-pivot lockout device that fits a variety of pull handle butterfly valve sizes




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Shannon TymoskoBy Blake Marchand

Shannon Tymosko is a first-year apprentice with IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 105, something she undertook after 10 years working her way up the ranks of a payday loan company.

“One of the things I love, working in the trades, is you can see your progress and you can see at the end of the day the work that you have done.


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