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RoTell - February 3, 2021

via Zoom, Scribe: Scott Vetter


  • Scott is representing RCOS on the DisCon21 Programming Committee. He'll keep us updated as things progress.
  • DisCon 21 is focusing on Mental Health. At this point the plan is for both virtual and onsite. It will be held October 29-31 at Auberge des Gallant (east of Montreal). Mark your calendar and plan to attend - online or onsite.
  • Eva may well regret admitting that she found the lyrics for a Rotary 4-Way Test song. Now we are anxiously waiting for her to sing it!

Happy Bucks

Many reasons to be happy, a few sad, a few commemorations which probably qualify as both happy and sad. (Only attendees hear all the details... be there or be square.)
Guest Speaker - Chris Meechan, Execon Solar

Born and raised in Glace Bay Nova Scotia, a coal mining town located near the Sydney Tar Ponds, considered one of the most hazardous environmental disasters in Canadian History; Chris grew up witnessing first hand the terrible health and socioeconomic ramifications of bad environmental decisions. Now, Chris designs, sells and installs both commercial and residential solar systems throughout Ontario. Past project credentials include The Grid Edge Active Transactional Demand Response project with Hydro Ottawa, CHEO Minto Dream of a LifeTime Net Zero Home, Net Zero demonstration homes for Campanale and Tartan Homes, Climate Action Incentive Fund commercial projects, NRCan PV Planning Decision Guide for New Home Builders and over 200 residential Net Metering and MicroFit projects.

Here Comes the Sun... helping us achieve Net Zero

Chris Meechan with Execon Roofing and Solar gave a very interesting presentation on solar power, and the critical role it will play n helping Canada meet its Net Zero emissions targets. 
The Canadian Net Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C.12) will require the Government of Canada to achieve net-zero emission by 2050, and to put in place a rigorous process of interim targets, plans and reporting. It will require the Government of Canada to set targets for each five-year milestone from 2030 to 2050. Emission reduction plans will describe the actions the Government will undertake to meet the target. Progress reports and final assessment reports will update Canadians on the implementation of each plan and the emission reductions they are achieving. If a target is not met, the Government will have to explain the reasons why, and indicate what it will do to change course. In addition to creating an expert advisory body, the Act requires Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to examine and report on the Government's progress at least once every five years.
Chris walked us through many of the advancements in solar power and the current reality from industry, commercial and residential perspectives. It was a compelling presentation, focusing particularly on residential solar power. (View PDF of presentation.)
RCOS member Bill Kelly had Execon install a solar system and he was so pleased with the technology and the process that he recommended that Chris speak to our club. (Look beyond Bill's wavy locks and you'll notice the neatly arrayed solar panels on his roof.)
Rotary Club of Ottawa South members were both enlightened and warmed by the informative presentation on solar power February 3, 2021.

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