Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc. (SESCI) - now Solar and Sustainable Energy Society of Canada Inc. operates as a non-profit organization, and is the only National level NGO that is registered with charitable status in its field. SESCI is a national organization with chapters or affiliates across Canada.
The Solar and Sustainable Energy Society of Canada Inc. mission is to advance the use and awareness of solar and sustainable energy in Canada. SESCI also has an international voice as the Canadian section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). The ISES World Congress 2011 is happening. The Newsletter contains information about the Call for Papers, the deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 March, 2011, as well as other specials taking place around the Congress. ISES Solar World Congress 2011
To endorse and encourage local chapters within the boundaries of the Society to exchange information of unique common interest.
To facilitate exchange of up-to-date information through chapter meetings, public seminars and national conferences;
To provide a resource to various sectors involving energy utilization and related technology;
To disseminate information containing pertinent, reliable, interdisciplinary and technical information;
to encourage innovative concepts and improvements in solar energy applications;
To maintain close working relations with other solar energy societies such as the American Solar Energy Society, and the International Solar Energy Society, as its official Canadian section, and environmental groups (nationally and internationally) on matters of common concerns;
SESCI promotes the increased use of solar and other renewable energies in Canada. To promote these goals SESCI acts in broad areas such as communications, financing solutions, education and public policy. Through these programs SESCI supports energy conservation, industry, and all forms of renewable energy, such as active and passive solar, photovoltaic, micro hydro, biomass, wind and earth energy.
SESCI provides information to government and NGOs. Increasingly, SESCI, in partnership with other Canadian renewable energy organizations, is presenting briefs, critiques and position papers to government departments in the energy resource, industry, finance and environment sectors. The Society has a publication (Sol) which is available electronically and will be published several times a year starting in 2011 and sent to all members as well as to municipalities, key Provincial and Federal government departments, buildings and energy professionals, the financing community, and other key stakeholders.
SESCI is currently working on promoting and facilitating the adoption of measures that help make solar affordable for private, individual or organisational building owners, specifically Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) Financing type of programs.
SESCI actively supports the exchange and application of practical information through regional events with trade shows and exhibits and public seminars, workshops, and tours, as well through its annual national conferences.
Through its publications and conferences, SESCI fosters and encourages the development of public policies such as regulations, bylaws, "sustainable" public incentives that promote the massive adoption of solar and green energy technologies across Canada.