Community Energy Society


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The Salt Spring Community Energy Group has recently become it’s own society. Please find out more on their website : 

They are group of local citizens concerned about sustainability, encouraging renewable energy and clean technology development on Salt Spring. Their strategy includes developing partnerships with local organizations to create renewable energy projects that will inspire and educate our community to embrace renewable energy and a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.


GISS Solar Scholarship Project

The Solar Scholarship project was created group of Citizens, Students, School District, and funding partners that came together to create the largest school solar array in BC. The annual savings on the electrical bill created an ongoing scholarship for students of Gulf Island Secondary School. The Salt Spring Community Energy Group is proud to have created a lasting legacy for Salt Spring Island, BC and it’s youth.

Current members of the Community Energy Society are:

Ron Watts (Chair)

is a professional photographer and a passionate supporter of renewable energy. He and his wife Donna Hall recently completed a net-metered, super-insulated home with solar hot water, solar PV and heat pump technology. Ron is an alternate POD representative on the Emergency Commission.

David Denning

is a science educator, naturalist, and educational film-maker who is active with the Salt Spring Conservancy and the Climate Action Council. He is a former member of the Advisory Environment Committee to the Trust.

Peter Lamb

is a retired economist and electrical engineer. In the 1970’s he led a team providing public funding for renewable energy and conservation projects. Peter is a former Islands Trust Trustee where he introduced energy efficiency and climate change policies. He is a member of the SSI Community Energy Task Force, the Transition Salt Spring Enterprise Cooperative, and SSI Climate Action Council.

Simon Wheeler

left a 30-year career in transportation to take an MSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Reading.  He has since worked for Solar Century in the UK, and spent three years as technical manager in the field of solar concentration arrays.  Since moving to Salt Spring in 2010 he has been active in promoting solar energy and electric vehicles.

David Elderton

is a local small business owner who designs and builds high–end audio systems. He also builds and sells electric assist bikes, and maintains a small fleet of ebikes that he powers with solar power. He recently built an electric catamaran that is in daily use as a commuter boat.

Kjell Liem

is the owner of Saltspring Solar Ltd. a design, engineering and installation company with experience in community solar. He has lived off-grid for over a decade and has experimented with solar thermal, electrical and thermal storage, and other alternative energy technologies. Kjell was project manager for the GISS Solar Scholarship project and co-managed the PV installation.

Steve Abbott

is an engineer, inventor and overseas consultant with major aid organizations. His work spans a wide range of appropriate technologies for energy conservation, water conservation/storage/access, solar hot water and solar PV.

Andrew Haigh

is a small business owner on the Island (Salt Spring Books) who is active in many environmental issues, including the Earth Festival Society, The Land Conservancy and Transition Salt Spring. He has been chair of the Advisory Planning Commission. Andrew and his family live in a self-designed, off-the-grid eco-home.

Kenn Danner

has 35 years experience as an industrial designer and design engineer. He also runs an organic farm and is active in environmental and social justice issues.

Jon Healey

is a retired science educator with extensive experience in elementary and secondary education and district administration.  He is active with Transition Salt Spring and Emergency Communications. He was a member of the Advisory Planning Commission and chaired the environment focus group during the OCP review.

Community Energy Group News

Community Solar for the Gulf Islands ISLAND TIDES – A solar panel is a beautiful thing. With no sound, moving parts, or impact on the environment, it quietly soaks up the sun and pumps out electricity. In goes sunlight and out comes the lifeblood of your...


Oil to Heatpump Incentive Upgrade: Precisely the kind of incentive need to address carbon pollution and energy efficiency. If you or someone you know in BC is using oil for home heating please investigate this Provincial Incentive which will reduce energy costs, and...

2014 Renewable Energy Conference

Exploring Issues and Solutions April 5, 2014 – 8:30am – 3:30pm High School Multipurpose Room   KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rob Abbott With 200 islanders in attendance there were many discussions in 14 different workshops. A Climate Change, Carbon Neutrality and Community Action...

2016 Community Energy Conference & Social

Opportunities for A Low-Carbon Future April 23, 2016 – 9:30am – 6:00pm High School Multipurpose Room tickets are $15 in advance at Salt Spring Books, $20 at the door. download the program here KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: John Farrell, Energy Democracy Director at the Institute...