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152. Leduc has the largest rooftop solar system in Western Canada

Leduc's 1.1 MW solar installation, the largest of its kind in Canada, now accounts for fully ten per cent of Alberta's total capacity.  More…

151. Wind powers 500 Alberta schools

Twenty six school districts in Alberta banded together to purchase 100 per cent renewable energy and have the Bull Creek Wind Farm, near Provost, Alberta to show for it. We talk to school trustees, the CEO of BluEarth Renewables, a farmer and a member of the Alberta Government at the Bull Creek Wind Farm.  More…

150. Student white paper calls for climate change and green energy in schools

Alberta students present Climate Leadership in Alberta Schools white paper to the ministers of education and environment in Alberta calling for climate change to be added to the curriculum and schools to become models of sustainability.  More…

149. Saskatchewan solar co-operative brings power to the people

There is plenty of support for this innovative (for Saskatchewan, anyways) energy project. More…

148. Summerside smart grid with energy storage nets 46% wind power

Renewable energy success story! Summerside PEI went from expensive diesel power generation to 46% wind by building a smart grid and using energy storage. More…

147. Bob Chelmick's solar-powered cabin in the woods

Bob Chelmick is a former CBC news anchor who built a solar cabin in the woods and started the groundbreaking radio series entitled The Road Home – solar powered radio! More…

146. Iron and Earth: oilsands workers call for training in renewable energy

A few oilsands workers were having lunch wondering what to do as oil prices plummetted and decided to form Iron and Earth and push for training in renewable energy for out of work oil workers.  More…

145. Prince Edward Island rocks wind power

We visit PEI, home of the highest integration of wind power in North America. More…

144. This energy institute loves wind so much, they bought the farm!

This week, we visit the Northwest tip of Prince Edward Island to see the Wind Energy Institute of Canada.  More…

143. Renewable energy powers Canada's oil capital

When people think Calgary, renewable energy doesn't usually come to mind. But dig a little deeper and the oil capital of Canada may surprise you. With a carbon tax looming, thanks to investments in renewable energy the city is in a great position to make bank. More…

142. Alberta students school Premier Rachel Notley on climate change

This past March, students from around Alberta and beyond collaborated on a white paper that seeks to influence the future of climate change education in the province. More…

141. Financing critical for renewable energy projects

Securing investment in renewable energy is getting easier, but as the price comes down, new problems come up. We speak with an investment banker who explains how the whole thing works. More…

140. Saskatchewan blows the dust off its dirty electricity grid

Moving from one of the dirtiest grids in the country to 50 per cent renewable is no small task. However, Sakatchewan's ambitions are matched by the quality of their renewable resource. More…

139. The first certified passive house in Saskatchewan

We visit the first certified passive house in Saskatchewan — ironic, because the first concept passive house ever was built in Saskatchewan in the 1970s. More…

138. Energy efficiency coming to Alberta, at last!

This week, we visit a conference on energy efficiency that's looking to to change Alberta's current lack of program support for energy efficiency initiatives. More…

137. Carbon neutral laneway home—an innovative use of green tech!

We check out a highly innovative rental suite that will change the way we look at a back alley. More…

136. Earthship living in a cold Canadian winter

We return to a familiar place, the Kinney Family Earthship, to see how it holds up in a Canadian prairie winter. More…

135. Shining a light on solar energy myths

Join us for an illuminating look at some pesky solar myths! More…

134. Biogas: Brown waste – green power!

This week, we visit Lethbridge Biogas, the largest aenerobic digestion facility in Alberta. More…

133. A whirlwind tour of wind energy myths

Blowing the smoke away, we delve into some pernicious myths about wind energy. More…

132. Insulation 101: One builder's secret blueprint for a net-zero home

Peter Amerongen shows us how Habitat Studio uses insulation to reach their net-zero goals More…

131. Small town energy efficiency program is simple by design

Carl Lauren, owner of Tyee Custom Homes, wanted to encourage energy efficient design in construction, but the building code hamstrung his efforts. So he helped create a rebate system that gets around the bureaucracy! More…

130. Green Energy Futures: Our favourite stories from 2015

We look over the trends that emerged from our stories of 2015 More…

129. Green Energy: The highlights of 2015

We look at some of the news that defined the green energy revolution in 2015. More…

128. Vitoria-Gasteiz: Spain's green capital is made for walking

The European green capital for 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz is small in size but big in ambition. More…

127. Where are the renewable energy jobs?

This week, Green Energy Futures explores the state of the green economy More…

126. Solar: A community investment

Evansdale Community League goes solar and builds a more resiliant community in Edmonton, Alberta.  More…

125. Coal phase out case study: What Alberta can learn from Washington State

This is the story of Bruce Nilles of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign worked with Dawn Farrell the CEO of TransAlta to accellerate the end of coal-fired electricity generation in Washington State. More…

124. Green Acres, the largest solar farm in Western Canada

This week we visit the largest solar farm in Western Canada on the Green Acres Hutterite colony. More…

123. Mayor Don Iveson on Edmonton's Energy Transition Strategy

Edmonton, the oil capital of Alberta, passed its energy transition strategy earlier this year. We talk to Mayor Don Iveson about what this northern city is doing to transition to clean energy.  More…

122. Solar training on the rise

Randal Benson has trained more than 700 electricians across Canada to install solar systems. This week we go to solar school and talk to Benson and his students. More…

121. SunMine: How solar is transforming an old mining town

Kimberley B.C. installed the largest solar tracking solar PV system in western Canada and it's all part of the reinvention of a mining town as tourism City and developer of clean renewable energy.  More…

120. Vancouver to go 100 per cent renewable

When Vancouver Mayor first ran for election he pledged to make his city the "greenest city in the world." Now Vancouver has upped the ante pledging to make the city 100 per cent renewable by 2050.  More…

119. Students capture the wind with TREC Education

Talk about light bulb moments, the grade 5 students at George Webster School in Toronto, Ontario are literally turning the lights on in TREC Education's Capture the Wind renewable education program. More…

118. Cochrane students install solar and get new town policy permitting renewable energy

You could call it Sustainability High - since 2002 students in the Sustainable Development Committee at Cochrane High School in Alberta have raised almost $150,000 and build more than half a dozen solar, energy efficiency and green projects around their school. More…

117. Sustainability snapshots: How Halifax, Tallinn, Hannover and Ottawa are learning from each other to make their cities more sustainable

From super-cooled rocks to free transit, learn what cities across Canada and Europe are doing to be greener.  More…

116. Tillsonburg: From tobacco farming to building wind turbine blades

In a repurposed auto parts factory on the edge of Tillsonburg, Ontario the transformation of the economy of Canada's most populous province is underway.  More…

115. Calgary’s wind-powered LRT an incredibly successful system: Nenshi

Calgary's LRT system is one of the most successful electrified transport systems in North America both from a ridership perspective and a green energy perspective.  More…

114. Net-zero contagious: Five mini net-zero communities spring up across Canada

Canada's latest batch of net-zero homes is being built in Guelph, Ontario. We head to the build site to check them out up close.  More…

113. Beyond the Tesla Powerwall: How energy storage is shaping up in Ontario

Elon Musk's presentation on the Powerwall gave the energy storage business a billion dollars worth of free press. In Canada, Ontario is leading the way in energy storage deployment; we head there to learn more.  More…

112. Welcome to the Octopod: An off-grid, solar powered shipping container cabin in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Shipping container architecture has become more and more popular over the years. We check out an off-grid solar powered sea contaner cabin called the Octopod, located near Bobcaygeon, Ontario.  More…

111. Ontario: Canada's energy transition success story

Ontario's energy transition — shutting down coal and ramping up renewables — is the most successful greenhouse gas reduction project in Canada's history.  More…

110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live

Transportation is the average family's second-biggest household expense. We learn why buying a location efficient house might just save you a whole lot of money. More…

109. Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother

Why changing the way we make things could change everything.  More…

108. LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

LEED is everywhere but is it worth the effort? We look into the effectiveness of this ubiquitious green building rating system. More…

107: Geothermal 201: Hitting the geoexchange heating and cooling sweet spot

More than 100 hundred episodes after our first episode on geothermal we circle back for a follow up.  More…

106. The $750 billion dollar opportunity in industrial and commercial energy efficiency

A new breed of startups is taking on a $750 billion dollar opportunity in industrial and commercial energy efficiency. We talk to two of them.  More…

105. Judith Sayers, First Nations run-of-river hydro trailblazer

Meet Judith Sayers, an incredible leader who got one of the first run-of-river hydro projects off the ground in B.C. that was majority owned by a First Nation.  More…

104. Birds, bats and wind turbines

We dive into the science and research behind the effect of wind turbines on bats and birds.  More…

103. Welcome to the Mosaic Centre: Canada's biggest net-zero building

Net-zero houses are almost old news here at Green Energy Futures. But a net-zero commercial building? Now that got our attention.  More…

102. Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask

We can be guilty of using jargon here at Green Energy Futures. That's why this episode is dedicated to clearing up two of the most common used and misused terms that come up on a regular basis.  More…

101. Biochar 101

Titan Clean Energy Projects is a Saskatchewan-based company making a very interesting product: biochar. We visit their plant and learn more about this amazing product.  More…

100. Banff launches the first municipal solar feed-in tariff in Canada

Feed-in tariffs have transformed renewable energy markets around the world. Now the mountain town of Banff is the first municipality in Canada to institute this important piece of renewable energy supporting policy.  More…

99. Craik, Saskatchewan: The little Eco-Village that could

What happens when you sell unserviced lots for a dollar and get people to build green homes on the edge of a small Saskatchewan town? We find out.  More…

98. Market snapshot: The state of electric vehicles in Canada

We check out one of the rarest electric vehicles in Canada and that spurs us to check on the state of the EV market here in Canada.  More…

97. Ban the beehive: Why wood waste to energy is a no-brainer

Whitecourt, Alberta has a pulp mill and a saw mill. With all that wood comes wood waste. We look at how one company is turning this wood waste into something useful — green electricity.  More…

96. Winter Cycling 101

David Dodge  gets out of his comfort zone and jumps on a bike in the middle of an Edmonton winter. He learns about what kind of gear you need and how to stay warm for this fun, energy efficient mode of transportation. More…

95. Cowessess First Nation has the biggest battery in Saskatchewan

Energy storage is getting ready to expand across the world. We head to Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan to see a finished project and understand more about this important next wave of energy technology.  More…

94. Energiewende: Addressing the myths of Germany's energy transition

Germany, Europe's largest, most successful economy, is successfully and aggressively transitioning away from fossil fuels and nuclear. We debunk some of the myths that have sprung up around this incredible transition. More…

93. Big Biomass 101

We head to one of the largest pulp mills in North America to check out how big biomass works up close.  More…

92. Our favourite Green Energy Futures stories of 2014

We look at the last year and explore our favourite stories of 2014.  More…

91. Green Gift Guide

The best gifts for the green energy or energy efficiency nerd in your life.  More…

90. Solar air heating

We spend a lot of money and burn a lot of carbon keeping our homes and buildings warm. Solar air heating is a simple, effective and accessible technology that could help Canada reduce its heating bills. More…

89. Wind and solar reduce the price of electricity in Alberta

Learn how wind and solar energy are driving down prices for consumers in Canada's most fossil-fuel-friendly province.
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88. Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant

Welcome to Canada's first concentrated solar thermal energy plant in sunny Medicine Hat, Alberta. Discover how "The Gas City" is adding solar and wind to diversify it's electricity supply in a city endowed with rich fossil fuel resources.  More…

87. Solar stocks rising

This week learn why one stock analyst thinks the future is bright for the solar industry.  More…

86. Echohaven: An environmentally friendly, energy efficient suburb

Echohaven is a different kind of suburban development. It preserves natural landscapes, mandates energy efficient homes and guarantees solar access.  More…

85. How to make your smart meter even smarter

Chances are the electricity meter in your home is dumb as a sack of hammers. We head to Medicine Hat, Alberta, to find out what smart meters are, and we talk to the CEO of a company that makes smart meters even smarter.  More…

84. Integrated bio-refinery

On their own a feedlot, an anaerobic digester and an ethanol plant might not make sense but combine them and you've got an integrated bio-refinery where each business feeds the other in a virtuous cycle. More…

83. Is Alberta Canada's next big solar market? We make the case

Solar energy may only make up 0.03 per cent of Alberta’s electrical generation capacity. We make the case that solar is a growth opportunity in Canada's only deregulated electricity market.  More…

82. How we built our own Earthship, a radically sustainable, off-grid home on the prairie

 This is the story of how the family of Green Energy Futures' editor Duncan Kinney built an Earthship in southern Alberta this summer. More…

81. Chasing Net Zero: Go big or go home

Landmark Homes is planning to have all of their homes be net-zero by 2015. Learn how net-zero is transitioning from small custom home builders to large scale companies.  More…

80: Chasing Net Zero: Net-zero evolution

In 10 years net-zero homes have gone from government pilot project to mass production. Shafraaz Kaba's near net-zero home is an excellent example of how we got there.  More…

79. Chasing Net Zero: Net-zero beautiful

We look at making energy efficient, infill homes that are beautiful and also at how the location of your home can have a dramatic effect on your energy footprint. More…

78. Chasing Net Zero: Net-zero 101

The first episode of our four-part series Chasing Net-Zero.  We dive into the history of net-zero homes and figure out you can build one of these comfortable, beautiful homes that also doubles as a mini-powerplant.  More…

77. Classroom energy challenge

This week we follow students at Prairie Waters school in Chestermere, Alberta to seek out and destroy energy vampires, increase energy literacy and save energy in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. More…

76. An integrated ethanol biorefinery wastes not

Learn how a seriously integrated ethanol plant has become a central hub for half a dozen other businesses using its byproducts of heat, CO2, distillers grains and more!  More…

75. Pond Biofuels: Growing algae from CO2

Taking a waste product and turning it into a resource has been a recurring theme on this show. This week learn how Pond Biofuels is taking raw smokestack gas from one of the developed world's most carbon intensive activities, cement manufacturing, and turning it into algae.  More…

74. Team Zeus

The University of Calgary is home to Team Zeus and they're building an electric motorbike to race this summer.  More…

73. Passive solar greenhouses: Producing more food with less energy

A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is making people across the continent sit up and takes notice. It may sound ironic, but most greenhouses are not designed to harvest and retain the sun's energy.  More…

72. Three up and comers show their stuff at GLOBE 2014

This week join us as head head to Globe 2014 into the Grizzly Den, where 36 different companies are pitching to investors, partners and customers. We feature three out of 30 that we thought you should know about.  More…

71. Industrial symbiosis: Growing tomatoes with an ethanol plants waste

We head to Chatham, Ontario to explore a unique partnership between an ethanol plant and a greenhouse.  More…

70. Solar hot water 101

With cheap natural gas and cheap solar PV is solar hot water still worth it? We explore how this technology works and in what applications it makes the most sense.  More…

69. Vancouver's laneway homes

Come take a tour of a super energy efficient laneway home in Vancouver and talk to a builder of these tiny, fun homes.  More…

68. Community solar: Farmers love the sun

We head to Starland County, Alberta where some very innovative farmers are working with Bullfrog Builds and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre to build solar that pays for itself in 10-13 years.  More…

67. Harvest Power: Energy and compost from rotten food

Learn how Harvest Power turns your rotten banana peels and other gross assorted food waste into energy and compost at their site in Richmond, BC.  More…

66. KidWind Challenge: Getting high school kids amped about wind power


Check out 30 plus Edmonton area high school students as they build two-foot wind turbines and are judged on how much power the wind turbine produces in a wind tunnel, the design, documentation and wind energy knowledge. More…

65. Community solar: Meet a small town solar energy Macgyver

Community scale renewable solar is cheap and requires very little maintenance. Learn how two communities in Alberta built successful community solar energy programs. More…

64. Urban cogeneration

Cogeneration is a simple, effective idea - generate electricity from the waste heat from a boiler. We explore a 370 kilowatt unit powering and heating an office building in downtown Calgary.  More…

63. The power of passive solar and thermal mass

Passive solar energy and its running buddy thermal mass give you the opportunity to get a significant portion of your home's heat for free from the sun.  More…

62. The massive potential of energy efficiency

Learn how the energy efficiency policy process works and how, if applied in Alberta, Canada's biggest carbon emitter could save a ton of money and get halfway to its 2020 greenhouse gas emission targets.

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61. Learn about Alberta's $380 million green technology fund

Alberta has a carbon price and it's collected $380 million worth of cash for carbon reduction technology projects. Learn how they're spending that money. More…

60. Phasing out coal in Alberta

We talk to a doctor who knows the true health costs of coal in Alberta as well as Alberta's new Associate Minister of Renewable Energy and Electricity on what she would replace coal with.  More…

59. Electric bikes - An easy way to green your commute

The electric bike might be the single best urban transportation option out there. It's super green, gets you outside, has really low emissions and can get you up that big hill without breaking a sweat.  More…

58. The incandescent light bulb phase out is a good thing

The incandescent light bulb phase-out is akin to getting rid of leaded gas, CFCs or the Ford Pinto. It is unequivocally a good news story. Learn why this week at Green Energy Futures.  More…

57. Energy storage: Power-to-gas and better batteries

We check out the latest and greatest energy storage technologies. More…

56. Best stories of 2013

Here are our favourite stories of 2013.   More…

55. Green Energy Futures holiday gift guide

Get the green energy geek in your life the perfect gift this holiday season with our Green Energy Futures gift guide. From the best LED bulbs to super-fun electric bikes we've got five green gift ideas that really rock.  More…

54. The amazing earth tube

Earth tubes are a simple, passive geothermal system. By drawing fresh air  through an earth tube you pre-heat or pre-cool your air depending on your needs.  More…

53. The cheap solar revolution

The price of solar has dropped one hundred times in the past 35 years and the more solar panels we make the cheaper they get. Learn how we got here and where that solar market is headed.  More…

52. Sun Country Highway

We profile Kent Rathwell, the co-founder of Sun Country Highway a company installs electric charging stations and then drove a Tesla Roadster across Canada in the dead of winter just to prove it could be done. More…

51. Tom Rand and the MaRS Cleantech Fund

Tom Rand is one of the managing partners of the MaRS Cleantech Fund. It's $30 million dollars of private money that's being invested in early stage Canadian cleantech startups. MaRS, which is based in Toronto. More…

50. Morgan Solar

We profile Morgan Solar, a Canadian startup that aims to develop a cheaper to produce and more efficient solar module.  More…

49. Energy storage

We talk to two Canadian startups working in the energy storage space, Temporal Power, a a company making flywheels and eCAMION doing community battery storage.  More…

48. Bullfrog Power - the story behind the cute little frog

We get behind the cute logo and figure out if Bullfrog Power is for real. More…

47. Rocket Stoves

The rocket stove takes our fascination with fire and bends it 90 degrees. It's a hyper efficient wood stove that uses far less wood to get a far more effective result. More…

46. Biomass district heating in Sherwood Park

In Sherwood Park, Alberta just minutes from refinery row city hall, the famous Festival Place Theatre, condos, a high school and more buildings are all heated by biomass, wood to be exact. 

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45. Big idea: Distributed generation

Ever looked at the breakdown of your electricity bill with all of its transmission and distribution charges and wondered if there was a better way?

There is and it's called distributed generation. Learn about it this week at Green Energy Futures. More…

44. Future of transportation Part Two

With the Edmonton Auto Show under our belt we went to check out the Future of Transpotation Symposium There we met the people who are driving and using the next generation of vehicles today.  More…

43. Future of transportation Part One

We check out the latest EVs, hybrids and even some super efficient gas vehicles. We talk to auto industry execs and check out their lineups and find out where they're headed. More…

42. Car2Go: Carsharing in Calgary

Car2Go is car-sharing servince in several Canadian cities that makes it easy to get around. With services like these you might only need one car or maybe none at all.  More…

41. Net-zero evolution: From the Star Trek Enterprise to utter simplicity

We explore the evolution from 45-person team, multi-million projects to cheaper and simpler net-zero homes. We talk to two net-zero pioneers to learn these amazing homes have improved over the years.  More…

40. The grass really is greener at Lawrence Grassi middle school

We head to Camrose, Albert to Lawrence Grassi middle school, there they built a school which is 70 per cent efficient than a comparable building and was built exactly on budget. 

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39. Nanaimo: Turning waste into compost, carbon credits and electricity

Even mid-size cities like Nanaimo now feature thriving businesses, partnerships and projects that are turning various streams of waste into compost, electricity and carbon credits. More…

38. T'sou-ke First Nation goes all in on energy conservation and solar

The T'Souke First Nation on Vancouver Island slashed 75 per cent of their energy use and also installed solar photovoltaic panels. It turns out it's a lot easier to go net-zero when you drastically cut your energy use.

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37. Landmark: How to make a more energy efficient home with robots

Landmark Homes in Edmonton isn't making manufactured homes, they're manufacturing homes in a state-of-the-art robot-filled factory. They build the components and then ship these energy efficient homes to the site. More…

36. Micro-brewed biodiesel

The Cowichan Bio-Diesel Cooperative is the plucky little coop that could. In 2013 they're planning to produce 150,000 to 200,000 litres with a mix of corporate and retail clients.  More…

35. Reimagine your office building

Reimagine or reskinning office buildings makes a lot of sense. You keep an existing building standing and you can save a lot of money on operating expenses. 

 

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34. The Nest: The iPod of programmable thermostats

We check out the Nest the sleekest, most popular programmable thermostat available.  More…

33. Landfill gas: How old garbage can generate electricity

Landfill gas is a way to turn old dumps into green power recovery centres. We head to Edmonton's landfill gas recovery project to learn more.  More…

32. UBC district heating: Low carbon Lego

The new hot water style district heating system at UBC burns biomass as well as natural gas.  More…

31. Biogas: Closing the loop on cow poop

Cow poop isn't typically thought of as a valuable resource. But with a process called anaerobic digestion that cow poop can be turned into electricity, heat, a near odourless fertilizer and and animal bedding.  More…

30. How it works: Run-of-river hydroelectric power

More than 45 run-of-river projects have popped up in BC in recent years. We explore the Fitzsimmons Creek run-of-river project, a 7.5 megawatt powerplant that puts out enough juice to meet the annual demand of the Whistler Blackcomb resort.  More…

29. Canada's greenest building

The CIRS building on the UBC building might be the greenest building in Canada. 

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28. Sewer heat

We head down into the sewer to explore a unique district heating scheme that heats over 2.7 million square feet in Vancouver. It's called sewage heat recovery and it's the only one of its kind in North America.  More…

27. Bike city - What the rest of Canada can learn from Vancouver

This week we learn how Vancouver became a biking mecca and what lessons they have to offer other communities interested in reducing traffic by adding cyclists.  More…

26. Clean energy entrepreneurs

Canadian clean technology companies have the potential to increase their market share from today’s $9 billion to $60 billion. What can be done to ensure that Canada grows in concert with this rapidly expanding industry? More…

25. Waste to willows

Learn how willows can treat waste, increase biodiversity, ensure a healthier water supply and heat office buildings with biomass grown with waste.  More…

24. Our favourite stories of 2012

Join us as we dive into our archives and give you our favourite clips, photos and stories from 2012. We dig up stuff that didn't make it in and give a fun, behind the scenes look at Green Energy Futures.  More…

23. Tidal energy 101

If Nova Scotia could get tidal energy to work right, it could power all of Nova Scotia. Discover the potential of tidal energy in the Minas Passage. More…

22. The greenest little campus in Canada

The main campus of Université Sainte-Anne just might be the greenest little campus in all of Canada.

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21. The unlikely Walmart sustainability story

It might be a surprise to see Walmart featured here at Green Energy Futures but when they apply their over-achieving corporate culture to the topic of sustainability, amazing things can happen.  More…

20. Nova Scotia's community power

Nova Scotia's community feed-in tariff is an intriguing policy and we went there to get the skinny just on how this new policy is working.  More…

19. Sunny solar Alberta

We get the skinny on Alberta's burgeoning solar scene. We also talked to Diana McQueen, Alberta's minister for the environment and sustainable resource development.

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18. The power of a home energy audit

This week we talk to one of the most experienced efficiency experts out there and lay out the best tips and tricks on how to save the planet, your wallet or both. 

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17. Light Up Alberta

Learn about a voluntary, market-based mechanism by an innovative little electricity retailer in Alberta that's supporting solar micro-generators.  More…

16. Pumpjack powerplants

The humble pumpjack is a reciprocating pump that moves oil out of the ground. One Alberta company has figured out how to make green power from the downswing.  More…

15. House of the rising sun: Canadian Solar is a Canada based solar manufacturer

Manufacturing solar photovoltaic modules can be a tricky game. Get a glimpse of the ups and downs of this growing industry. More…

14. The rise of the electric car

Phil Dayson has worked for and owned and sold an electric-vehicle company. He drove an electric rebuild of a Geo Metro for eight years. So when he got his hands on a brand new bright red Chevy Volt he was a happy dude.  More…

13. Solar bonds: Ethical, local investing in solar energy

SolarShare's greatest achievment? The solar bond, a $1000 bond that pays five per cent a year for five years.  More…

12. Heidi Eigel: One farmer's wind story

Heidi Eijgel is a horse farmer. She lives at the end of a gravel road surrounded by dozens of wind turbines - and that's the way she likes it. Hear her story as well as the story of her speaking tour of Ontario. More…

11. Big wind in British Columbia

We check out two large wind projects in north-eastern BC.  More…

10. The renewable energy revolution in Ontario

How did Ontario kick start the development of hundreds of renewable energy projects? You can pin it down to a simple policy – the Green Energy ActMore…

09. How Toronto's waterfront wind turbine kick-started a green energy revolution

North America's first urban wind turbine was an important rallying point. It brought together the people and resources necessary to spawn a green energy revolution in Canada's biggest province.

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08. Awesome Dawson Creek: A northern oil and gas town bets big on renewable energy

Dawson Creek is in the heart of oil and gas country in the Northern Rockies. Yet, everywhere you look are signs of green energy. Learn how Dawson Creek is embracing renewable energy.  More…

07. Green lighting 101

Learn about LEDs, CFLs, a ten million light bulb and the most energy efficient light of all time. More…

06. Geothermal 101

Ground source heat pumps heat over 100,000 buildings in Canada. Discover how you can heat your home with just three degrees from the ground and some electricity. More…

05. Meet Dan Balaban - Alberta's wind energy cowboy

Dan Balaban is the president of Greengate Power and a wind energy entrepreneur. He has gone from no experience in renewable energy to cutting deals for the largest wind farms in Canada in five years.

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04. Learn how net-zero home builders are building a better world

Net-zero homes produce as much energy as they consume over a year. Cutting edge homebuilders have pushed the envelope and created monuments to efficiency, air-tightness and insulation.

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03. How Enmax is making simple, easy, low-cost, off-the-shelf solar a reality

Learn how Enmax and their Generate Choice program is making solar energy accessible to a wide swath of Albertans. They handle the permitting, the interconnection, installation and maintenance.  More…

02. NAIT's new alternative energy program zeros in on solar, wind, geothermal and more

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology launched its alternative energy program this year and it's popular! We speak to teachers and students of this new program. More…

01. Author Chris Turner on taking the green energy leap

We speak with Chris Turner, the author of The Geography of Hope and The Leap. He has has made a career out of writing about positive solutions to the climate, energy and environmental challenges we face.  More…

Medicine Hat's smart energy revolution (pilot episode)

Medicine Hat's "Hat Smart" program aims to increase the use of renewables by 25 per cent by 2020. We speak with councillor Ted Clugston of the City of Medicine Hat for his take on the future of energy in his city. More…