Clean Energy: We’re making it happen

Clean-Energy

Rooftops across the province are getting a lot shinier these days.

More and more New Brunswickers are taking advantage of the falling price of photovoltaic panels and are opting to go solar for at least some of their energy needs. And every step of the way, the Conservation Council has been taking the pulse and promoting the benefits of this emerging trend in New Brunswick.

For this week’s Membership Month special feature, we shift from highlighting our work on marine conservation to the exciting things happening within our Climate and Energy Program.

This past year we’ve been talking to New Brunswickers who have invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in their homes — doing their part to help fight climate change and saving themselves some money on home heating and cooling costs.

We’ve highlighted these stories — about ordinary New Brunswickers just like you — on our blog and in our quarterly membership magazine, EcoAlert.

We get excited about sharing the examples of innovation happening in our province, just like we love reporting on the fact that the price of solar power has dropped by 80 per cent since 2008, with no end of the decline in sight.

Paul Campbell, president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, far left, with Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, left, with Minister of Environment Brian Kenny, right, and Minister of Energy and Mines Donald Arseneault at the launch of APEGNB's solar panel array in Fredericton, the largest solar installation in New Brunswick.

Paul Campbell, president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, far left, with Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, left, with Minister of Environment Brian Kenny, right, and Minister of Energy and Mines Donald Arseneault at the launch of APEGNB’s solar panel array in Fredericton, the largest solar installation in New Brunswick.

Our Climate and Energy Program has been active preparing briefs and policy recommendations aimed at helping government make it easier for homeowners to install renewable energy projects in their home or retrofit New Brunswick’s chronically outdated housing stock.

Our Executive Director Lois Corbett attended the unveiling of the province’s largest array of solar panels — at the office of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) — late this summer. And, that same day, the province announced new regulations to kickstart more renewable energy projects across the province.

Let’s keep the momentum going.

A new federal government is about to take power, and during the election we heard commitments to invest $6-billion on green infrastructure over the next four years and $2-billion for emissions-reducing projects and low-carbon infrastructure.

By joining the Conservation Council of New Brunswick today, you help our Climate and Energy campaigners continue their advocacy work to get more solar panels on NB rooftops and cheaper heating bills for homeowners. This is a critical time for renewable energy in the province — help us amplify our voice for rewarding clean energy jobs and climate protection by becoming a member of CCNB today.

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