"I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick."
Sol Invictus Environmental & Community Goals for Central Alberta
Sol Invictus Energy services is an organization founded on the principles of corporate responsibility and social enterprise. For-benefit companies are those who who incorporate social and environmental obligations over and above their legal requirements. In other words, we are a revenue generating organization that works toward a socially beneficial goal. This unconventional business approach ensures that we are operating in an ethical manner, and are accountable to our social and environmental missions, in alignment with the sustainability goals of people, planet & profit.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS & ACCESS TO LOCALLY APPLICABLE Energy Efficiency & Solar INFORMATION
The province is implementing carbon pricing and improved emissions performance standards. These changes will likely impact the price of fossil fuel-based electricity. In order to assist in the transition away from fossil fuels, the Province is developing incentive programs to encourage renewable energy. This is a great opportunity for Albertan's to transition to solar energy for their electricity needs and help to reduce Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions.
As Central Alberta's source for green building and energy efficiency, we want to make access to information as easy as possible, reaching as many people as we can. We are committed to engaging with our communities in Central Alberta in order to provide clear, easy to understand guidance for a variety of green building and energy efficiency challenges.
Click on the link below to read our report that explains how the solar industry works in Alberta - from the economics to policy, as well as the "Lesson's learned in Ontario". As well, please LIKE our Facebook page for updated news related to energy efficiency & solar in Alberta, or check out our blog for on the ground experiences related to energy efficiency, solar energy and Passive House.
We will be collaborating with ReThink Red Deer, as well as other community organizations in order to provide free information through workshops and other mediums. Click the link above to find out when community events are scheduled to take place, such as the Eco-Living Fair.
LOWER ALBERTA'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Alberta is under pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, as this province leads the country for the largest contribution, accounting for 48.5% of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions, with 17% of Alberta's total emissions coming from the coal generated electricity sector. Twelve of Alberta’s eighteen coal-fired generating plants are set to be retired by 2030 if they don't meet Alberta's new climate change emissions targets. As well, the province is implementing carbon pricing and improved emissions performance standards. These changes will likely impact the price of fossil fuel-based electricity.
In order to assist in the transition away from fossil fuels, the Province is developing incentive programs to encourage renewable energy. This is a great opportunity for Albertan's to transition to solar energy for their electricity needs and help to reduce Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out how much carbon you can mitigate today through our carbon calculator below! As well, Scotia Bank has an easy to use cost savings calculator to determine how you can save money by making simple upgrades in your home. Check them out below:
SOURCE FROM SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE Building materials MANUFACTURERS & LOCAL RENEWABLE/solar ENERGY RETAILERS
There are many choices when it comes to building structures in environmentally friendly ways. However, sometimes it's difficult to decipher whether a "green" choice is actually the most sustainable or environmentally friendly option. Our firm can assist you in locating the most appropriate and sustainable building materials necessary for your project, locally in Central Alberta, within your budget. We can help you assess the costs and benefits of material and product choice, whether it is flooring for a home renovation project or choosing the right solar panels for your off-grid cabin.
For many people, it is important to source their products from manufacturers that are committed to environmentally responsible manufacturing. By directing materials and products purchased from manufacturers who are conscious of their own environmental effects, you will reduce upstream impact of your project in relation to greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, health implications, biodiversity, life-cycles of components, waste, environmental toxins, water waste, recycling policy adherence, and others. This way we are covering all our bases, both upstream and downstream, in construction supply chain. Our customers can rest easy that they are making the most sustainable and healthy choice from the ground up.
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THE SOL INVICTUS EMPLOYMENT EQUITY PROGRAM
One of our organizational objectives is to be able to assist members of disadvantaged and underrepresented social identity groups to gain meaningful employment. As we grow, we intend on developing this program in collaboration with local non-profit organizations and in alignment with Canada's "Employment Equity Act". We want to remove the barriers, and help correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment, while accommodating differences. It is important for us to help build our community and provide economic benefits to individuals who may be disadvantaged or may not have an opportunity to work in the the green building & renewable energy industries otherwise.