SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011 - (Page 89)

canSia Membership WHAT CanSIA DOES FOR yOUR ORGANIzATION The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents more than 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. The services that CanSIA provides to the Canadian solar industry include: government Relations and Lobbying CanSIA engages its member-base, government and industry stakeholders collaboratively to develop and expand solar markets and industry capacity. CanSIA regularly represents the industry to the Federal Government and its standing committees and maintains close contact with all key bodies and agencies. CanSIA is intimately involved in the on-going development of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program and with provincial governments and municipalities across Canada. CanSIA also works in a network with the Canadian Hydropower, Wind Energy and Geothermal trade associations to collaboratively pursue and improve renewable energy policy in Canada. Public awareness, advocacy and Consumer Support CanSIA’s publications, external communications and advocacy campaigns educate the public, press and politicians about the truths, benefits and possibilities for solar energy. Press and Media Relations and Marketing CanSIA is a valuable contact for the media. CanSIA also assists members to release their news items through its database of media connections. Through CanSIA, each and every member also has the means to communicate directly to potential customers and other stakeholders via: the SOLutions magazine, Solar Beat newsletter (bi-monthly publication), Canadian Solar industry Directory, Solar brochures and fact sheets and CanSIA’s website. Standards, Codes and Regulations Development CanSIA represents the industry for the development of solar standards, codes and regulations. education and Training CanSIA has worked with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to develop solar college curriculums that are now freely available to all community colleges across Canada. CanSIA is currently analyzing and exploring options with solar industry members, various stakeholders to improve solar installer certification programs in Canada. S Lutions Fall/Winter 2011 • 89 events CanSIA’s events are highly popular and successful in showcasing members and giving exposure to the industry: Solar Canada: Annual Conference and Exposition, Solar Ontario and Solar West regional conferences, Summer Solstice industry celebration and other networking events. additional Benefits to CanSIa Members: •    undreds of public and industry inquiries received each month  H are referred to the member base. •    usiness and employee benefit insurance program options. TD  B Canada Trust consumer financing. •  Discounts on merchandise and event attendance. For further information on CanSIA membership and how to apply, visit or contact Sharon Chester, Member Services Administrator at 613-736-9077, ext. 222 or continued on page 91

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011

About CanSIA
On the Right Track
Pushing the Envelope
A Solar Tax Credit
Community Power Groups
Teaching the Standard
Cutting Through the Haze
Driving Long-Term Growth
Overwhelming Interest
Proof is in the Pilot
Green Energy Gets the Green Light
Built for Light Loads
Membership Bloom
What CanSIA Does for Your Organization
Solar Calendar

SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011