Green Energy

Ventures Green is working on various renewable energy projects.

Green or Renewable Energy is energy obtained from natural resources that can be naturally replenished or renewed within a human lifespan, that is, the resource is a sustainable source of energy. Some natural resources, such as moving water, wind and sunshine, are not at risk of depletion from their use for energy production. Biomass, however, is a renewable resource only if its rate of consumption does not exceed its rate of regeneration. See more details on the Natural Resources Canada website here.

See below for details on Geothermal Power, Biogas and Solar Photovolaics (PV).

Geothermal Power

Did you know that as of May 2019 there are still no geothermal power plants in Canada? Iceland pretty much runs on geothermal and many other places like Europe, Africa and the US have many geothermal projects already producing clean power using the heat from the core of the earth. Similar to solar PV and Wind, Alberta is one of the best places for Geothermal power in Canada. Alberta is like a pin cushion with hundreds of thousands of holes already drilled to produce oil and gas. There is also a large amount of data for each of these holes including the temperature. Geothermal power can be produced if a hole is more than 80 deg C and there are many of these since most of our wells are more than 1 kilometre deep. This provides an up front savings for these projects since the wells already exist and we just need to re-purpose them for bringing up hot water to drive a steam turbine on the surface.

Biogas

Alberta already has the largest biogas plant in Canada in Southern Alberta. The technology is proven so all you need is animal or food waste to make power. Alberta also has a lot of this. Each kilogram of waste (manure, food scraps, crop residue) can be easily converted into natural gas which can be used to produce power or heat. The waste in affordably sequestered in an anaerobic chamber to produce natural gas within 3 weeks of entering the system. By products from these systems can be natural fertilizer and compost.

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The City of Calgary has also published a solar potential map so click on this link to see if your roof has good solar potential. If your roof is yellow and you want to lower your electricity bill, email or call us for a free solar PV estimate. There is an Alberta solar PV rebate program that offers up to 35% off on complete solar PV systems for both residential and commercial. Click here to see the details. Contact Us if you want a free solar electric PV assessment for your house or business.

The above picture shows the 30 kW solar array on top of the Hiilhurst Sunnyside Community Association in Calgary and you can click on this link to see the electricity that this array is generating. Below are a couple of pictures of Ventures Green solar PV installs in Calgary. To find out about our Floating Solar PV project in Alberta click here.

Shown left is a ballasted flat roof 12 panel array with the monitoring site at this link.


The panoramic picture on the left is a NetZero 6kW array in SW Calgary that we installed in the fall of 2018.