Post Three: About (some) of the sources I used (& how they may be useful for you)!
Albertan Community Solar Guide:
The guide is a bridge for Albertans of all sorts of living situations to develop solar. The techniques can be used for communities. They work for renters, condominium households, housing cooperatives, nonprofits, schools, hospitals, rural associates, malls, farms, and more. It is the solar guide for anyone, which is unique since often solar is just looked in terms of solar farms or household rooftop solar. I used Section Two for this series to learn more about the Albertan electric grid as well as some of the components of solar and how they function in Alberta. The main author of this report, Kabir Nadkarni, is in his early twenties and was nominated for a 27th Annual Emerald Award for his work on the Albertan Community Solar Guide.
Solar Society of Alberta:
The Solar Society of Alberta is a non profit, educational organization with members and volunteers from all walks of life. The Solar Society of Alberta started in 1976 and ever since has been teaching Albertans about solar and supporting their members interest in solar. The Solar Society of Alberta holds events, classes, seminars, workshops, has a great website and does public demonstrations.
Once I was at an event at the Telus World of Science helping out with a student vehicle project in Edmonton and I chatted with one of the solar volunteers, a retired Irish renaissance man, for an hour and a half. It was one of my favorite memories from any outreach event that I have done. They are a very interesting and impactful organization in Alberta. They won a 2014 Emerald award in the coveted Community Group and Nonprofit Association category!