Thanks to government support and a multitude of determined environmental groups lobbying, we have new legislation, and now all Canadians can make and sell electric power to ‘the grid’, ostensibly the power can be made and consumed anywhere in North America, (but I’m told that small operations do present a challenge in terms of meeting and coordinating supply and demand). Nicola Tesla would be proud; today there are almost a thousand independent power producers in Ontario alone. Most of these individuals have solar panels, but some are selling wind power (and a rare few have small hydro electric dams – yes there is such a thing)
The solar power industry now employs almost a hundred thousand people in Canada, and is rapidly expanding all over the world. Canadians import components from USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan and China. In most cases the pieces are assembled in Canada, and some notable advances in the applications of solar power and batteries are exclusively Canadian.
In the months of August and September 2010, Lenzr can count itself among those employed in the rapidly expanding solar power sector in Canada. Three new contests are actively marketing solar power production and promoting solar energy to consumers.
The View From The Roof photo contest endeavours to collect the strange and wonderful scenery that’s ofetn only visible from rooftop, and consequently seldom seen by people who dont rise to the challenge. The sponsor of this challenge is a industrial roof repair expert who specializes in installing white roofs for solar power production. This contest shall collect the views from properties all across Canada. More details at the end, and on the Lenzr blog, All Weather Roofing Asks for your View From The Roof, win an iPad.
The Morning Sunshine photo contest on Lenzr is all about capturing and using solar power, in photography.
Participants are expected to use their cameras to capture people and objects in the early morning sunshine.
Solarline Power assembles portable solar power generators (PSG’s) that quietly collect deliver clean renewable energy to eco friendly habitats and construction sites, outdoor events and film productions.
Solarline Power makes and sell a mobile work unit that has on its top surface a giant adjustable solar panel that can be programmed tofollow the sun. below there are work stations that can be custimized to suit any business These units charge batteries that can replace small engines as a power source for many new eco conscious outdoor events and construction sites .
rimary objective is to help you create a backyard paradise.
People Building Things photo contest is also related to the solar power industry, and not just because the sponsor is an eco friendly solar powered deck building company.
Construction sites a more interesting when they happen at home, show us people building cool things in the basement, driveway, garage or backyard. Submit pics of People Building Things and tell us the story behind the picture. Be sure and mention what’s being put together.
In all three challenges, voting begins September 20th, the highest ranked photo will automatically Win an Apple iPad prize when all three web challenges end October 1st 2010. Must be 13yrs old or older to enter, open to all Canadians. Contest not valid in Quebec.