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  • 12 Sep 2018 9:27 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)
    Celebrating Renewable Rides during National Drive Electric Week
    One hundred and twenty-six (126) solar panels, with 37.8 kilowatts of generation capacity, have been installed to power new electric vehicles on the roads in Saskatoon.

    The solar array, on the roof of a new sustainable housing development, Radiance Cohousing, at 475 Avenue L South, is part of an innovative program in which the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) has brought 100% solarpowered electric vehicles (EV) to the Saskatoon CarShare Cooperative’s (SCC) fleet.

    The Renewable Rides team has added five EVs to the mix in Saskatoon. Additionally, by weaving together the use of green technologies— including renewable energy, smart meters, virtual net metering, and electric vehicles—Renewable Rides aims to showcase one of the many ways that we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and, subsequently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Renewable Rides team member, the SES Solar Co-operative (SESSC), arranged the installation of the solar array at Radiance Cohousing. “The SESSC, on behalf of its 169 members, is excited to supply solar electricity into the Saskatoon Light and Power grid to fuel these electric vehicles from their respective charging stations,” said Peter Prebble, President of the SESSC. “This is the first application of virtual net metering in Saskatchewan, and it offers a glimpse into a low-emission transport future.

    Powering electric vehicles using solar energy instead of fossil-fuel generated electricity cuts greenhouse gas pollution more than tenfold.”
    "The members of Radiance Cohousing are thrilled to host the SES Solar Co-operative's largest solar array to date and, soon, one of the electric vehicles being introduced to our community through the Saskatoon Carshare Co-operative,” says Michael Nemeth, spokesperson for Radiance Cohousing. “We believe that collective action will lead to a climate-positive, community-oriented future. Renewable Rides is an excellent example of this.” 

    Jason Praski of Exa Energy Consulting is one of the technical experts on the Renewable Rides team: “What this group has achieved is really amazing! Renewable Rides is not only proving-out, but also educating the public about the financial and community benefits of solar power, electric vehicles and car-sharing, all while making our air cleaner. My family sees the city smog from our home east of Saskatoon and it’s easy to understand why this project is important. Many ‘firsts’ for Saskatchewan have been accomplished, and local green economic growth and better services to our communities are the result. It’s a model for other local leaders to follow.” 

    In addition to the SESSC, Radiance Cohousing, Exa Energy Consulting, and the SCC, SES is pleased to partner with Saskatoon Light & Power, Sun Country Highway, Saskatchewan Research Council, Wardell Gillis Law, Affinity Credit Union, and Western Economic Diversification Canada to bring this project to fruition. 

    “The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, invested over $238,000 towards the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s work on the Renewable Rides program,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “We are happy to celebrate this solar installation and the program’s electric vehicles, which are a great step forward for clean technologies and a sustainable future for the citizens of Saskatchewan.” 

    The Renewable Rides program is the first of its kind in Canada: a car-share program, with electric vehicles, powered by 100% solar energy, available to all. Learn more on the SES website: www.environmentalsociety.ca/programs/renewable-rides 

    Photos and video of the Renewable Rides solar array can be viewed and downloaded here: http://environmentalsociety.ca/solar-array-photos/ Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) is a non-profit, registered charity that is committed to supporting sustainable living and sustainable resource use in Saskatchewan. 

    SES’s current action areas include sustainable energy and climate solutions, water protection, resource conservation, biodiversity preservation, and reduction of toxic substances. Our work in Saskatchewan spans Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and our office is located in Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional territory of Cree Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

    For more information please contact: Allyson Brady, Executive Director Saskatchewan Environmental Society 306.665.1915 allysonb@environmentalsociety.ca

  • 30 Aug 2018 5:44 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    SES in conjunction with SES Solar Co-op, Saskatoon Carshare Co-op & their partners will launch their newest vehicles

  • 13 Jun 2018 5:22 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    2nd solar powered electric vehicle located at 520 11th St E. in Nutana in Saskatoon. For details on Renewable Rides  click and for The Environmental Resource article Summer 2018

  • 30 Apr 2018 1:00 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    The Government of Canada, through the Western Economic Diversification Canada, invests in Saskatchewan innovation and helps make Renewable Rides a reality. The grant helped The Saskatchewan Environmental Society and its partners develop a smart grid platform to optimize solar power and electric vehicle integration in Saskatoon.

  • 13 Mar 2018 9:51 AM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    March 13, 2018 Renewable Rides: A New Way to Get Around an exciting program which brings 100% solar-powered electric vehicles to the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operatives fleet of carsSee The Environmental Resource Newsletter Spring 2018 by Allyson Brady, SES Executive Director and one of the five electric cars

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:29 AM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    Saskatoon Home Magazine features the SES Solar Co-op

  • 24 Nov 2017 11:30 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    Since 2012, Jim Harding's house has been almost totally powered by wind and solar...Jason Praski, heads the Installation Committee of the SES Solar Co-op which uses local business's rooftops and land as mini solar farms. See Leader Post article

  • 18 Sep 2017 8:00 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    As our Solar Power Demonstration Site approaches its first anniversary, it has more than 42,000 kilowatt hours of environmentally responsible energy to show for itself and three prestigious awards including the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, the Rob Dumont Energy Management Award for 2016 Project of the Year, and the Canadian Electricity Association’s Leadership in External Collaboration and Partnerships. 

    When asked about the next steps for those involved in the project, Allyson Brady, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society responded, “The SES Solar Co-op (SESSC) is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan and this partnership generating renewable energy between the SESSC and a municipal government is the first of its kind. So we have laid important groundwork and now we are focusing on supporting other groups and building on this model throughout Saskatoon and the province.” Ziegler closes the interview with some valuable advice for those embarking on sustainable development projects, check it out in the video at the bottom of the article. See City of Saskatoon Spotlight for full story

  • 15 Aug 2017 6:30 PM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    "Saskatoon gets about 2,300 hours a year of sunlight, among the best in Canada...It's a major renewable resource. In Saskatoon making kilowatts from the sun is something we can really excel in."  see Saskatoon Home Magazine pages 69-74 click on Solar Partnerships in table of contents to view the article.

  • 30 Jul 2017 10:18 AM | Karen Weingeist (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that all of the 300 Class B Preferred Shares that were available for purchase during our recent share offering have sold.  When combined with our original shares that makes a total of 396 Preferred Shares owned by 169 Class A memberships. The share capital just raised will allow us to proceed with additional solar installations. We have several interesting and varied projects on the drawing board and very much look forward to seeing a couple of them built with the funds we have just raised.

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