Solar Power in Regina

On Saturday, I was pleased to be a part of the Science Centre’s Ignite Expo:

Exhibitors

Regina Games Forge – A local group of tabletop game designers who meet and host playtests regularly. They will have several prototypes of various tabletop games from local designers available to play and demo throughout the day.
Regina Scale Modelers – Creating intricate scale models of agricultural machinery
SLUG – Saskatchewan Lego Users Group are bringing various Lego creations and some brick-art by Tim Brix.
Queen City Cosplayers – showcasing their costumes as well as some home made accessories and props.
John Klein – Demonstrating his home solar panel array, and how to set one up.
Crashbang labs – Various projects built by lab members. Mostly electronic, laser cut and 3d printed parts.
Ignite CTV John Klein presenter
Sondors on CTV Regina news
Regina Rolling Robot Tours –Ride a Segway and learn more about balance and these cool rides.
Mighty Chameleon Brothers – A new, locally-created indie video game. It has been fashioned after classic arcade games of the 80’s & 90’s. Play a demo of the game with an authentic arcade joystick!
Miller High School – Students will be bringing along some of their STEM projects.
Rick Martens – 3D Printed props and a video presentation about Maker Spaces.
Talking Dog Studios – The Grid Virtual Reality Arcade game with a headset so visitors can play this new game
ZMZ Smithing – Live blacksmithing with a coal forge. Zach will show off his traditional smithing skills and make small pieces live in front of you!

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Regina Woman Saves 2 Lives With CPR

Learn CPR, and you could become a super hero like this Regina woman, Mallory.

Neither of them expected something like this to happen, especially to Fyfe, an athletic 29-year-old who won the Queen City Marathon just last year.

“It’s weird,” McCormick said. “After Iain, I kept joking about how like, ‘Oh ya, once I get two lives, then I get to call myself a super hero,’ but I only said that because I thought the chances of it happening again are just so (low).”

But less than a month later, McCormick and Fyfe were hiking near Fernie, B.C., when the couple came across a woman who had collapsed on the trail.

Showing similar symptoms to Fyfe, McCormick jumped into action yet again.

“Apparently, the first thing out of my mouth was ‘Oh, bleep, not again,’ ” said McCormick.

It’s a story I can easily relate to.

SaskPower Misinforming The Public About Solar Power

In honour of the solar eclipse on Monday, SaskPower shared what it’s been saying about solar power for many years. The problem with reusing years-old information about technology, is that sometimes you get things wrong due to advances in the technology. There should not be so many factual errors in SaskPower’s communications with the public. It’s a sore point for me, because it’s so critical that people understand the capabilities (and true limitations) of renewable energy technologies. Only by changing how we power our electrical grid and daily lives, can we quickly leave fossil fuels in the past to reduce damaging climate changes, and health problems from emissions.

I’m one of those 400 #solar energy providers to the SaskPower grid. It’s known as Net Metering, because the net electricity used, at the end of a year is billed to me, but any generated above equality is kept in SaskPower’s favour.

Photons, not IR/heat is collected from light, & is converted into electrons (electricity). Heat causes additional resistance / lower output. Telling people otherwise could convince them that seasonally cold Regina isn’t a great place for solar, when it’s actually a top location in the world!

As you can see from my examples, SaskPower has some explaining to do, about the [mis]information they’re sharing on their Twitter feed. I worry what else they’re telling people, that’s as inaccurate.

ADDED: Sent this to SaskPower. I’ll let you know what they do to correct the record.

“SaskPower shared some inaccurate information on its series of tweets during the solar eclipse. Will SaskPower correct the record, and tweet correct information about solar power from this point forward?
https://johnkleinregina.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/saskpower-misinforming-the-public-about-solar-power/

Please let me know when SaskPower issues corrections, and I’ll update my article.

Thank-you,
John Klein”

“Thank you, your inquiry has been submitted.

A SaskPower representative will respond to your inquiry shortly.”

UPDATE: They replied yesterday:

Thank you for your email. Solar is an important part of a cleaner energy
future for Saskatchewan. We want customers to understand our plans for
solar, and as you note in your blog, the limitations of the technology, as
well. To ensure reliability for customers, intermittent generation sources
like wind and solar require back up baseload power that’s available 24/7.
We also aim to balance a mix of sources that offer reliability,
cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability. We are keenly paying
attention to the development of utility-scale battery storage technology as
you mention and will look forward to testing it once the technology
continues to evolve.

Okay, but what about correcting the mistakes in the information you shared with the public? e.g. equating heat with electricity production in PV cells. That’s not how it works.

Why are you not testing battery storage technology now?

Rassembler to me is Re-assembler


French words make sense to English speakers, in different ways. The Connaught school was taken apart, I helped pick up some bricks that once were a part of it, and others reassembled them into art and a functional bench and tree planter at a major intersection.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cathedral neighbourhood gathered to unveil their latest community project masterpiece titled ‘Rassembler’ — which translates from French as “gather together.”

There are still a few bills to pay, and the group is still accepting help here: https://saveourconnaught.ca/donate/

Where the bricks stopped over, before their hopefully final resting place at the other end of 13th Ave. in Cathedral neighbourhood:

Connaught

Connaught school remains at the #yqr landfill.

Regina Parents Hit With $200 Tax Hike

Are there so many Sask Party voters in this city that they’ll defend underfunding of their kids’ schools by acquiescing to a damned lunch fee? It’s a tax hike, in the hundreds of dollars. And yet our supposed taxpayer-lovin’ Mayor and Premier won’t say boo about this?

Maybe @RegPublicSchool isn’t monetizing children enough and that’s why they’re short on cash? Door to door sales, perhaps? Oh, already done with magazine and chocolates?

Feed Regina Sustainably

Chris sent me this video


It reminds me of the work that Rick of Eat Healthy Foods and Aloha Farm is trying to do near (and for) Regina and its children.

Dan in the video says he gets asked:
“How are you going to feed the world?”
“I don’t love that question.”
1 billion people will go hungry today (in 2010), because of “gross inequalities”.

Rick is working to change the Agri-business business plan.
“Start by asking, how are we going to feed ourselves.
To do that, don’t look at the Agri-business model. Instead look to the ecological model that relies on 2 billion years of experience.”

Pledge $50 and you get a bag of veggies, and your schools will be filled with properly fed children ready to learn (once the project is funded). Pledge $10, and share Rick’s Kickstarter campaign with your friends in and around Regina if you’ve not got $50 to pledge.