Solar Energy Update

Here is an update to Joanne McNeal’s article in the April issue about her experience with installing solar energy in her home. Many readers may decide after reading her article that solar power is just not worth the expense and the effort. Don’t be too hasty. Recently, The Globe and Mail published an extensive article about the recent advances in alternate forms of energy. With solar power it is now possible to store much more power and most amazing of all, the price of installation and equipment has really come down. There are also jurisdictions in the U.S. where solar and wind power are competitive with or cheaper than gas and oil. So, readers, don’t be discouraged. Look into the cost. I am betting you will be pleasantly surprised. And don’t forget to look into the Alberta Government’s new Energy Efficiency Program. There may be help there as well.

Editor’s Note: Thank you for the update. Joanne’s article noted that prices are coming down. She has been a pioneer in terms of switching to solar energy, and hopefully more people will reap the benefits of decreasing costs and increased power.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Outdoor Way of the Cross – Due to the wet, cold weather on Good Friday, April 14, attendance was down at the annual Outdoor Way of the Cross from about 660 (in recent years) to only 300 at the peak. This year’s theme was “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one” based on Pope Francis’s letter laudato si that notes that poor people pay the greatest price for our disregard of taking care of the environment. We walked for the first time west of 101 Street in the shadow of Rogers Place. Text: Jim Gurnett Photo: Michael Hoyt

  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

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