The Beginning of A Brighter Future

 

Due to a growing need and demand for community owned renewable energy projects, a team of visionaries, co-operative developers and solar experts have come together to form Alberta Solar Co-op and make it a reality for YOU!

Alberta Solar Co-op is currently creating the working model for future community owned solar farms in our province and we plan to launch our first project this year.

As an Alberta resident, you will have the opportunity to become a member of our co-operative and directly invest in this profi­table renewable energy project. Support, invest and own a part of Alberta’s renewable energy future! We are providing you with a hassle-free way to tap into the power of the Sun and contribute towards renewable energy development in the province.

Unlimited Sun Fuel + Community Owned Solar Farm = Power to the People!

 

Founding Board Members

Dave Spencer B.L.A., CSLA

Senior Principal - Stantec Consulting

Founder & Designer - EchoHaven

Dave Spencer is a landscape architect with over 35 years’ experience in the planning and design of municipal infrastructure projects, resorts, urban parks, campuses and residential communities.

Dave’s professional responsibility as Senior Principal with Stantec Consulting focuses on sustainable community development and urban design projects in western Canada. His projects have earned numerous awards including six Canadian Society of Landscape Architects awards and three Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. Recent design awards include Poppy Plaza and the Riverwalk Urban Waterfront in Calgary’s East Village.

Over the past three years Dave has been a guest presenter at conferences in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., speaking about his low impact developments and sustainable landscapes.

He is a founding partner and designer of EchoHaven, a low impact and sustainable neighbourhood in Rocky Ridge, Calgary. EchoHaven is arguably the most sustainable residential community in Canada.

Dave and his wife Debbie developed the design for a Net Zero home which became one of the 13 Canadian homes selected for the CMHC EQuilibrium demonstration program in 2009. 

KRISTINA GROVES M.SC.

Four-Time Olympic Medalist

Kristina Groves is one of Canada's preeminent Olympians, a 4X Olympic medalist in speed skating and multiple World Champion and World Cup Champion. Throughout her 23-year career, Kristina won three overall World Cup titles in the 1500m, a Canadian-best 13 medals at the World Single Distance Championships, 3 World Championship titles and over 30 individual World Cup medals.

Outside of skating Kristina is passionate about supporting humanitarian organization Right To Play as an athlete ambassador and is also a past athlete speaker for Clean Air Champions. In 2011, Kristina was honoured as the University of Calgary's Distinguished Alumni of the Decade for a decade of consistent athletic performance and her work in building green initiatives within Speed Skating Canada. She was the CBC Sports speed skating analyst from 2011 to 2015 and also recently completed two years working for Public Affairs at RBC as a member of the RBC Olympians Program.  Kristina is an accomplished public speaker and has presented to hundreds of audiences in Canada around the world.

Kristina retired from sport in 2011 and has since pursued her passion for sustainability and energy. She recently graduated with a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from University of Calgary and completed the design and construction of a small, sustainable home in Calgary that includes many energy and efficiency features, including a grid-tied photovoltaic system.

Kristina lives in Calgary with her partner Scott Maw and daughter Maisie.

TIM SCHULHAUSER P.ENG., MBA

President - SkyFire Energy Inc.

Board Member - Light Up The World

Over the past decade, Tim Schulhauser has designed, installed and commissioned hundreds of solar PV systems across Canada. Tim led the construction of the groundbreaking 1.05 MW SunMine solar farm in Kimberley, BC, Western Canada’s first utility scale solar farm.

Tim also currently serves on the board of Light Up The World (LUTW), a Canadian non-profit organization focused on implementing projects that provide sustainable energy solutions and lighting to remote communities in the developing world. Back in 2013, Tim travelled to Peru with LUTW to train seven local technicians and worked with them to install a solar PV system for an educational centre in the Peruvian Amazon community of Nueva York.

Tim received his Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and became a Certified Photovoltaic Technician (Seneca College/CanSIA) in 2007. He also completed an MBA at the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business in 2012.

JOE PETERS

President - Peters Energy Solutions

Joe Peters is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta and a Professional Engineer. He has enjoyed a 25 year career in the energy industry. His range of experience includes work in oil and gas, pipeline transmission, electricity distribution and electricity generation. He has worked with leading organizations such as TransCanada, FortisAlberta and Genalta Power

Joe is currently the president of Peters Energy Solutions Inc. He is a consultant working with oil and gas as well as electricity generation companies. He brings his expertise in working with utilities on connections and contracts as well as the electricity market to the Alberta Solar Co-op.

Joe is also co-chair of the organizing committee for the Banff Couple Conference, an annual relationship enrichment conference.

COLIN RIOUX

Energy professional focusing on sustainable energy solutions

As a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Colin Rioux’s career started in natural gas production and business development with EnCana Corporation (formerly PanCanadian) in Drumheller, Alberta, and progressed to reserves and M&A evaluations on Canadian deep basin assets.

Colin recently completed his M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) through the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, with a research focus on renewable energy development within Alberta's deregulated electricity market. Colin is the Principal of Renewus Energy, consulting on sustainable energy development in Canada. 

Colin also leads biking expeditions with Calgary-based not-for-profit Two Wheel View, a grass roots organization that uses the bicycle as an engagement tool for leadership and resiliency development in young people.

Colin is interested in exploring alternative investment opportunities that provide Albertans the ability to participate in green economic development within Alberta and their own communities.

JORDAN WEBBER

Economic Development - Starland County

Jordan Webber has always been respected for his ability to move the needle. With a background in commercial lending and business development, Jordan brings a perspective and model to economic development that drives concrete outcomes.

As a farmer and businessman himself, Jordan knows the daily demands of business, and knows what it takes to overcome obstacles. Jordan has supported the economic development efforts of Starland County for a number of years.

In relation to alternative energy, Jordan has been a vocal promoter of photo-voltaic solar - developing exciting community engagement projects and supporting development of the alternative energy industry. Over the last number of years Jordan and his wife Rebakah have been building a home in East Central Alberta that incorporates wind and solar power to facilitate all of the energy needs for the home without connection to the power grid.

Founding Team Members

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Paul Cabaj

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Vilasini P Pillay

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Seth Leon

Gerardo Marquez

William Ingenthron

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Christopher Dunlap