Partner Profile: Arcadian Projects

Man standing in front of solar panels

Welcome back to our series of Partner Profiles. This month we spoke with Luke Shantz, President of Arcadian Projects, about how they got started, their work in solar PV construction, and what the future holds. Let’s go back to the beginning. How did Arcadian Projects get started? We got started in 2008. My partner and […]

Snow And Solar Panels

Snow on solar panels

Warm January weather in Southern Ontario has been a bane for snowmen, but a boon for solar panels. With rain cleaning snow from our panels, production will be back up! What do you do when we have a cold, snowy winter? How does snow affect your production, and is there anything you can or should […]

Partner Profile: Guelph Solar

Passionate about economic and environmental benefits of solar equipment This month we had the opportunity to interview Steve Dyck, President of Guelph Solar about his company, the types of projects they work on, and what makes them unique. CED Co-op has worked with Guelph Solar on four projects and we have three more contracted with […]

Solar Myths and Solar Truths

Rooftop solar panels

For every solar advocate who believes in a clean, green future, there are devil’s advocates who haven’t seen the light (pardon the pun) when it comes to solar power. The next time you run into an argument about why solar power won’t work, be ready with these four solar truths to refute common solar myths. […]

Designing and Installing a Solar PV System

Installing a solar pv system at 5279 Ament Line

You have seen the projects CED Co-op members own on our projects page, but what does it take to design and install a solar system that generates clean, green energy as part of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program? To answer that question, we spoke with Mike Kraus, electrical designer at Vigor Clean Tech. Vigor Clean […]

Solar Power: Fixed Arrays vs. Trackers

Rooftop solar panels tilted up

Ever since Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect and realized there was free, clean energy to be gathered from sunlight, we have worked to find new, more efficient ways to harness solar power. Although a wide variety of photovoltaic technology exists, the one most people think of, and most widely used is crystalline silicon solar cells. […]

Solar Power Innovations

solar power

Here at Community Energy Development Co-operative we’re investing in solar energy to generate clean, green electricity for Ontario. Through 20-year contracts we sell this electricity to the grid, powering homes and businesses across the province, and using the profits to deliver a return on investment for our members. It’s pretty amazing stuff! Did you know […]

How Does Solar Power Work?

Solar Tracker

The sun provides an amazing source of free energy for us to capture and use to satisfy our growing demand. So how do we take this enormous resource and use it to power our homes and businesses? Welcome to solar energy 101: your introduction to generating renewable energy with solar power. Solar Photovoltaics Today we’re […]