There's some new technology and it's hot behind the Green Door

By Geoff Lee

September 8, 2016 12:00 AM

LAKELAND INSTRUCTOR, Rob Baron, left, provides guidance as students install solar panels at the Centre for Sustainable Innovation. The centre is holding an open house with quest speakers this Saturday at the Vermilon campus.

Green Energy Doors Open event to display renewable energy technology

Green renewable energy technology will be on display at the Lakeland College Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) at the Vermilion campus.
CSI is holding what’s called a Green Energy Doors Open event for the public this Saturday with tours and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We welcome anybody who wants to tour the facility because it’s really a unique facility with many different technologies to see all in one site,” said Rob Baron, renewable energy instructor and researcher on an online video.
“Lakeland College has a role to educate the public and industry to make the adoption of renewable energies less intimidating.”
Examples of renewable energy technology on site are solar photovoltaics (PV) for electricity, a small wind turbine and solar, thermal, and geo exchange systems to heat the building.
Innovations in green energy plus services in agriculture, retail, manufacturing and more will be highlighted at this year’s Green Energy Doors Open day.
Visitors can also learn about the online renewable energy certificate courses available from Lakeland College.
Students can take one course at a time or do full time studies.
“Here at the renewable energy learning centre, the focus is on how you can integrate different renewable energy source together in the most efficient way,” said Lorne MacGregor, director of applied research and commercialization on the Lakeland video.
“The applied research at Lakeland college is here to help industry—they bring the problems, we help solve them.”
Site tours will run the whole day and include the Renewable Energy Learning Centre, the Bio-Energy Centre and other facilities at the CSI.
There’s a barbecue between 11:30 a.m and 1 p.m. and a schedule of guest speakers including Baron on the return on investment on solar photovoltaics. Baron will also touch on his experiences of Lakeland’s renewable energy centre.
There will also be a talk by Klaas Rodenburg on green buildings and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Mike Hittinger from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will deliver a talk called Growing Forward on a farm solar PV program.
Green Energy Doors Open is an initiative started by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA).
In Alberta it’s an annual province-wide showcase with access to energy projects, businesses, manufacturing sites and education programs.
Events are being hosted around Alberta Sept. 9-11.

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