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Developing a Community Wide Sustainability Strategy - Community Energy Plans

The best way for communities to identify their sources of energy consumption and GHG emissions is through the completion of a Community Energy Plan (CEP).  This initiative provides a foundation for program, policy and investment decision-making for community leaders and organizations.
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Solar Regulation 101 (Behind-The-Meter Microgeneration Projects)

A few months ago, we looked at the economics of solar PV investments for businesses.  This overview specifically explored the concept of behind-the-meter electricity generation which is empowered by Alberta’s microgeneration regulation.  We have received a few questions about the regulation and thought we would provide an overview of the behind-the-meter/microgeneration concept on this week’s blog.
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Investing in Energy Upgrades For Your Building? Use the Energy Savings Cash Flow To Secure Financing

Improving your energy savings is the best way to invest in a building and enjoy an immediate and verifiable cash flow payback. Yes, there are other building upgrades you could explore that reap different benefits that all may be worth pursuing on their own merits.
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When is Solar PV Good for Business?

If you’re a business owner, among the many concerns you wrestle with day-to-day is, of course, your power bill. You pay for electricity consumed by everything from the lights and computers and electronics in your building to running industrial machinery. Electricity enables your business’s operation — but it doesn’t always come cheap.
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HVAC Efficiency: Vital Energy-Saving Tips for Commercial Property Managers

Your HVAC system controls your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. For a property manager, ensuring that your HVAC system is properly maintained can be a source of considerable energy savings.
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The Economics of Co-Generation for Commercial Buildings

Commercial property owners looking at ways to reduce their energy spending might have stumbled upon the idea of co-generation as a potential solution. As electricity costs rise in Alberta, the prospect can seem tempting to anyone looking to get spending under control. So, what is cogeneration — and is it right for you?
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When Is it Time to Get an Energy Assessment?

The truth is, you don’t fully know how much your commercial building can save on energy unless you have an energy assessment. Get one, and you’ll understand exactly where your gaps are and be provided expert recommendations on how best to fill them.
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Lower Your Commercial Building Energy Cost Per Square Foot — With Data

The energy situation with your tenants is untenable, and there are various high-power systems working away unnecessarily If you read last week’s post on rising energy costs, you’re anticipating increased energy costs in your commercial buildings. You can solve these problems and bring down your energy cost per square foot — but you’ll need some strong data on your side
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What’s About to Drive Up Heat and Electricity Costs in Alberta — And What to Do About It

Heat and electricity in Alberta are about to get more expensive after several years of low energy costs. That’s bad news for commercial building operators, especially if you’re responsible for large buildings with intensive energy needs. Why did we have it so good for so long?
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How to get Green Building Certification: BOMA BEST and LEED

When sustainability is on the minds of property managers and builders, getting a green building certification is an important consideration. Getting certified is about getting recognized for effective energy-efficient and sustainable design. These certifications help guide you toward your goals and assure you that you’ve gotten things right.
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