BC Energy Plan misses mark - CanSIA

    OTTAWA, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
is urging BC Hydro to consider a separate tariff as the Government of British
Columbia prepares its energy plan to support the growth of solar electric
    "The proposal put out by the BC government last February is shortsighted"
said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA Executive Director. "The goals set out in the
plan ignore the potential benefits of solar energy. The tariff is unworkable
for solar photovoltaic and does not address the high cost of implementation. A
few changes to the energy plan would see a made in Canada industry flourish
and clean energy reduce stress on BC's power grid."
    In its submission CanSIA notes that photovoltaic (PV) technology
converting sunlight into electricity is a reliable source of clean, high
quality power and addresses two critical issues - energy security and climate
    CanSIA points out that solar is not only a proven technology, but it can
also be installed in smaller increments, turned on immediately after
installation, and provide a regular independent power source in times of
energy disruption.
    "The whole world will be coming to BC for the Olympics and it is crucial
that Canada show how cutting edge our energy production technologies are."
said John Stonier, CanSIA BC Caucus. "BC must take advantage of the fast
growing opportunities to create jobs and build the provincial economy by
developing its existing sustainable solar electric energy industry."

    The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a
strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to
service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar
solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the
transition to a solar energy future worldwide.

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