Vancouver TALK 24: The Little Island That Can; Salt Spring Moves Towards Energy Resilience

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Speaker: Simon Wheeler, Advisor, Salt Spring Energy Community Society

The topics will include the following:

·        The Solar Scholarship project, an installation on the local school roof

·        A large solar array on two social housing apartment buildings

·        Innovations in solar technology

·        An Agrivoltaic trial

·        Lobbying for Community Net Metering in BC


Registration is optional, but we want to know who to expect.
10:00 AM P.D.T. You can log in at 9:45 AM (12:45 PM Montreal) to check connection and say hello.
All IEEE members are welcome, especially those Life Members that don't have a local Affinity Group.

We are looking for speakers for the rest of the year, contact Carl Zanon <> if interested.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 20 Apr 2024
  • Time: 09:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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  • Starts 21 March 2024 02:00 PM
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Simon Wheeler


The Little Island That Can; Salt Spring Moves Towards Energy Resilience


Simon’s first career was as an airline pilot, flying for British Airways for 34 years. Whilst working he took a degree course with the Open University.  On retiring from aviation he went to the University of Reading in the UK and took an MSc course in Renewable Energy and the Environment, his dissertation was an evaluation of a tri layer photovoltaic panel, with particular reference to temperature and light sensitivity.  On graduating he worked for Solar Century, at the time the largest provider of solar energy equipment in the UK, he then worked for Whitfield Solar, a technology start up developing concentrating solar panels.  In 2010 he moved with his wife to Canada and now works in an advisory position with the Salt Spring Community Energy Society whose aim is to raise the awareness of the potential of solar energy to assist with energy resilience for the island and for BC as a whole.

Address:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


9:45 AM Zoom opens
10:00 AM Welcome and speaker introduction
10:05 AM Speaker