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Upcoming events

26 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, V6K 1Y4 - Main Hall
18 Apr 2015 11:00 AM • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)
23 Apr 2015 5:30 PM • 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver


About the Campaign

For over 30 years the SPEC has been committed to promoting energy conservation and renewable energy alternatives in the Georgia Basin.  We have opposed to new large-scale power generation infrastructure. Instead we worked to establish a successful Sustainability Demonstration Center which focused on educating the public about the benefits and feasibility of Solar Power generation.

We believe that the installation of solar energy generation systems on residential and commercial building makes good public policy sense. Photovoltaic panels allow public buildings in particular to generate more of their own power.  These may be used in conjunction with wind generators or solar hot water panels. Here, the payback may be measured in two ways: in the dollars saved directly on energy costs and in the reduction in peak energy demands that could be achieved, thereby reducing or delaying the need to build new major power generation facilities. In areas serviced by BC Hydro, the cost of public power remains lower than the cost of photo-voltaic generation--at present energy prices.

Homeowners looking for a cost-effective solar energy solution might want to consider solar hot water systems, which can achieve financial payback in relatively short time frames, and are very affordable.

Read more about our Projects here or click on Learn to read more about solar power generation systems.

Current Projects

Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Project

SPEC's solar photovoltaic system is moving to a new home.  It will be relocated to the roof of the MEC store on West Broadway.  A generous grant from Bullfrog Power is helping to pay for the move and expansion of the system.  This means we will be able start offering public tours of the system again next year. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the move and set-up at the new location.

The SPEC array was the photovoltaic first grid-tie system installed in the city of Vancouver.   Since its installation in 2005 hundreds have followed SPEC's lead and installed grid-tie renewable energy systems all over BC.  All of these systems help in small ways to make our energy supply more sustainable.  This system is another example of how SPEC is demonstrating practical sustainability solutions in the urban environment.

   System details:

  8 Sharp 175W modules
  1 Schneider Electric (Xantrex) inverter
  Annual Production: 1,300 kWh
  Annual GHG reduction: 167 kg

Number of Panels: 8
Panel Manufacturer: Sharp

Annual Production: 1,390 kWh

Annual Greenhouse Gas Reduction: 167 kg

- See more at: http://www.vrec.ca/portfolio/pv-portfolio/#sthash.lnd1f1Br.dpuf

Number of Panels: 8
Panel Manufacturer: Sharp

Annual Production: 1,390 kWh

Annual Greenhouse Gas Reduction: 167 kg

- See more at: http://www.vrec.ca/portfolio/pv-portfolio/#sthash.lnd1f1Br.dpuf

Past Projects

The SPEC Sustainability Demonstration Center

The SPEC Sustainability Demonstration Center was a SPEC project that ran for over 25 years showcasing sustainable building technology at 2150 Maple Street in Vancouver.  It was a unique real-world demonstration site for green building techniques, renewable energy technologies and energy conservation. 

It was the only building in British Columbia that featured solar photo-voltaic, solar hot water and solar hot air all in one building.

Every year, hundreds of people passed through the centre and had an opportunity to view the technologies and techniques in place.  Our energy workshops and tours helped the public learn about energy saving technologies available for their homes.  We also hosted tours for schools and other groups wanting to learn more about sustainability.

Green Building Features

Some of the green building technologies and features at the demonstration centre included:
  • Solar photovoltaic panels
  • Solar hot water panels
  • Solar hot air panel
  • Parabolic solar cooker
  • Passive solar heating
  • Thermal mass construction
  • Day-lighting - clerestory windows
  • Day-lighting – light reflectors
  • Thermal shutters
  • Rain water collection
  • Lighting controls – motion (?what is this? just curious)
  • CFL lighting
  • Efficient fluorescent tube lighting
  • LED lighting
  • Phantom load reduction

In addition the center also demonstrated water conservation (low flush toilet, low flow taps, & rain water harvesting. kitchen composting and waste recycling.)

Unfortunately the Sustainability Demonstration Center had to close due to structural issues.  SPEC offices have moved to 2060 Pine Street.
2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver BC V6K 1Y4 | tel: 604-736-7732  | www.spec.bc.ca | admin@spec.bc.ca
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