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October 27, session 12

Session 12

Community Solar Generation in Our City

Friday, October 27, 2023

As solar energy is so abundant in Alberta, more communities and organizations are looking at solar as a reliable and clean form of energy. This presentation, hosted by The City of Calgary, Solar Alberta, and the Bow Valley Green Energy Cooperative, focuses on community renewable energy generation projects, grid-tied solar projects on homes and businesses, and how solar installations typically work in Alberta.


Lewis Percy

Corporate Environmental Specialist, Community Energy, The City of Calgary

Lewis Percy has been working as a Corporate Environmental Specialist with The City of Calgary’s Community Energy Programs team since October 2019. Lewis is a Master’s graduate from New York University in Global Affairs with a concentration in Energy Economics and Advanced Data Analytics. His current role with The City is predominantly focused on emissions modelling and forecasting for the community.


Jodi Conuel

Program Coordinator, Bow Valley Green Energy Cooperative

Jodi Conuel is a founding Board Member of the Bow Valley Green Energy Cooperative (BVGEC), which aims to facilitate the creation of community-owned renewable energy generation projects in the Bow Valley and beyond. She is also a community engagement specialist and communicator who coordinates the Biosphere Institute's Shift-Climate Transitions program. Under her leadership, the Biosphere Institute completed a comprehensive study of community renewable energy generation's technical and financial feasibility in the Bow Valley, from which the BVGEC was born. Jodi has been supporting the BVGEC ever since and is excited to share the trials and successes of community projects, answer questions, and shift towards effective climate solutions.

Heather MacKenzie

Executive Director, Solar Alberta

Heather MacKenzie is the Executive Director of Solar Alberta. She and her team work to accelerate Alberta's transition to a just and sustainable energy future. Heather is a seasoned leader, community organizer, and green business advocate. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Administration and also has degrees in International Development, Sociology, and History. Heather believes that investing in solar is a meaningful way that Albertans can take action on climate change.