Going Solar?


CN Theatre, MacEwan University
105 Street and 104 Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 5G5
Introducing an Alberta Solar Cost Calculator
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Rob Baron M.Sc. P.ENG. Program Head, Renewable Energy and Conservation - Lakeland College
Hadia Awad PhD Student Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alberta


With opening remarks by David Shepherd, MLA, Edmonton-Centre.

Accurately determining the return on a solar PV system investment in Alberta can be a daunting task. Utilities and jurisdictions have different rate schedules and incentive programs. Future electricity costs, inflation rates, solar module degradation rates, business depreciation schedules, tax categories, and other factors all need to be considered.  And then there are the variables of owner consumption rates and the weather! OK, bring on the software!  Applied researchers and faculty at Lakeland College have developed a free Alberta-specific on-line cost calculator.  Rob Baron will present on factors affecting the economic analysis of micro-gen solar PV systems in Alberta and introduce the software which Lakeland College has been developing to analyze solar PV system economics. Come hear how to utilize this valuable tool.

The evening will include a presentation of actual solar system performance data based on a University of Alberta/ Landmark Builders  study tracking 120 Alberta systems for the last three years.  

Rob Baron is the Renewable Energy and Conservation program head and lead researcher on several renewable energy and crop related applied research projects. Rob has also helped develop Lakeland College’s Renewable Energy Learning Centre that showcases and evaluates many renewable energy technologies and provides hands-on learning experiences for their students and the public. He has been a NABCEP certified solar installer and is currently registered with APEGA as an Agricultural and Bio-Resource Engineer.

Hadia Awadgraduated from the faculty of Engineering in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2008. She also holds a degree in piano performance from the Trinity College of London, and another diploma in solo piano performance from the Conservatoire de Musique d’Alexandrie in Egypt. Haida managed University of Alberta’s Solar Energy Monitoring Study.