CanSIA shines light on excellence

    OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
recognizes outstanding achievements in the solar industry each year.
    "The CanSIA awards recognize those who embody the belief that Solar
Energy holds the promise of our future, both Canada and the world, said
Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA Executive Director. "To some it is the
environmental solution, to some it is a great business opportunity, to some it
is the right thing to do at the right time. Collectively these reasons - and
many more - are making solar a greater part of Canada. CanSIA's awards make an
effort to recognize those dedicated to bringing solar forward in Canada."

                            2007 Award Recipients

    Solar Leader of the Year: Awarded to the political leader who has
    provided solar leadership and vision on the national stage.
    - Calvin Kruk, Mayor, City of Dawson Creek

    Solar Industry Leader of the Year: Awarded to the individual whose
    volunteer and/or professional efforts and dedication have increased the
    use of solar technologies in Canada and/or abroad.
    - Rob McMonagle, Senior Energy Consultant, City of Toronto

    Solar Public Servant of the Year: Awarded to the government or utility
    employee who during the year has worked to bring down barriers to solar
    energy, allowing it to be used more broadly in Canada.
    - Doug McClenahan, Manager, Active Solar R&D Program, Natural Resources

    Solar Journalist of the Year: Awarded to a news article or story that has
    either increased the profile of solar in general, or has covered an issue
    or project in detail.
    - Tyler Hamilton, Energy Reporter, Toronto Star

    Solar Advocate of the Year: Awarded to the individual or organization
    that has championed the use of solar energy in Canada.
    - Nitya Harris, Project Leader, BC Sustainable Energy Association

    Solar Thermal Project of the Year: Awarded to the solar thermal project
    that either through high visibility or innovative features, has helped
    the solar thermal industry become mainstream.
    - GTAA, Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute, 240 m2 Solar Air
      Heating System

    Solar PV Project of the Year: Awarded to the photovoltaic project that
    either through high visibility or innovative features, has helped the
    photovoltaic industry become mainstream.
    - University of Calgary's, Child Development Center, 43.4 kW BIPV Power

    "I'd like to draw attention in particular to our recognition of Calvin
Kruk, Mayor of Dawson Creek, said McDonald. "Not only has he shown leadership
in the application of solar technology, but he continues to look strategically
at how to enable its wide spread use in the future."
    Kruk led Dawson Creek in applying and enabling solar energy in the
community. Solar thermal systems have been installed on the Fire Hall and City
Hall and there are plans to install systems on the RCMP station, two community
halls and at the airport. He also worked with Northern Lights College in
support of their Energy House Demo and development of a Solar Thermal
installers course. Kruk is also involved in the 100,000 solar roof program
currently being proposed in BC.
    "I would also be remiss if I didn't highlight my predecessor Rob
McMonagle," McDonald added. "Rob has been involved with solar ever since he
converted his parent's pool while still in school. He was instrumental in
getting CanSIA to where it is today - pushing it forward to lead the way in
solar. His dedication is now bringing that same energy to the city of Toronto.
His drive is clearly visible in having made them the lead city in Canada in
terms of renewable."

    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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For further information: Sylvie Powell, MédiaLane Communications Inc.,
(613) 290-1497,

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