Bringing Solar Energy to the Okanagan
At Create Solar we believe in building sustainable, energy-efficient communities one home at a time. Our highly skilled team of green energy experts’ provides comprehensive solar design, installation, water heating, and cleaning & maintenance for residential properties. In addition to these services, our team provides project management and consulting services to both residential and commercial projects.Learn More
Solar Energy’s Role in the Future Energy Needs of Our Planet
When you live somewhere as beautiful as BC’s Okanagan Valley, it’s sometimes easy to take your surroundings for granted; never mind lose focus on timely issues such as the future energy needs of our planet. But, preserving our environment and way of life is precisely why it’s so important for us to pay attention.
In 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a market analysis and forecast on renewable energy and technologies such as wind power and solar energy from 2018 to 2023 entitled Renewables 2018. In it, the IEA reported that “the share of renewables in meeting global energy demand is expected to grow by one-fifth in the next five years to reach 12.4% in 2023. Renewables will have the fastest growth in the electricity sector, providing almost 30% of power demand in 2023, up from 24% in 2017.”
Defined as any type of energy that comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished such as sunlight or wind, the growing demand for renewables, like solar energy, is driving both market demand as well as the lifestyle choices we make every day. From emerging economies such as India and Brazil to our own backyard right here in Kelowna – sustainable practices such as comprehensive solar design and other low-carbon technologies have become a beacon as we begin the global shift towards a cleaner energy future.
Solar Energy Powers Life on Earth
From forests that provide us with life-sustaining oxygen to the marine ecosystems of our precious oceans – sunlight and solar energy are vital to virtually all life on earth. In this sense, you could say that modern solar energy design is based on the most decorated architect of all – mother nature.
Also known as a photovoltaic (PV) cell, a solar cell converts light energy into electricity. When combined, these solar cells can make a solar panel like the ones we’re used to seeing today. Mostly found on residential homes and building rooftops, more and more large fields of solar panels (known as solar farms or solar parks) are being created all around the world every day.
According to energyhub.org, “one of Canada’s most visited informational websites for sustainable energy technologies,” British Columbia is ranked as one of the best provinces for solar power installation costs and utility-related factors. Not only that, but BC is also the only province that currently offers a PST exemption for solar power, and businesses can take advantage of the Federal Tax Provision for Clean Energy Equipment to fully expense their solar system.
While BC may not enjoy as many hours of sunlight as other provinces, it is undeniable that solar energy design such as solar electricity and solar water heating will provide major contributions towards solar energy’s role in the future energy needs of our province and planet.