For the first year ever, CanSIA assembled a Game Changer Awards Jury, made up of active leaders of renewable energy industry, to carry out the difficult task of selecting the award winners. After much deliberation and consultation, the Jury selected the following winners (click on the name to see project details):
JAZZ Solar Solutions in partnership with Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Solar Developer of the Year
City of Toronto
Smart Energy Innovation
Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc.
Solar PV Project of the Year
Oxford Properties Group
Solar Service Excellence
Apricity Renewables Inc.
“This year marks the third year of the annual Solar Power Woman of Distinction Award,”, said Joanna Osawe, WiRE Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “Janice’s impressive track record was well received by the adjudication panel.”
All nominees are evaluated on their merits of excellence in leadership, advocacy, research and development, community engagement and efforts to increase the adoption of solar power technologies.
“Janice’s valuable contribution to her community and to the solar sector more broadly is clear,” said Rebecca Black, WiRE Co-Founder. “She represents the leadership that we need as we transition to a sustainable energy future, driven by strong diverse perspectives”.
After receiving many Emerging Solar Leader applications, ELSE awarded Alexander Palkovsky.
Alexander started his career in the solar energy industry in June of 2015 with Solar Flow Through Funds ("SFF") after finishing his undergrad studies at the Ivey School of Business.
Over his two years and half years with SFF, Alexander brought 31 commercial rooftop projects from FIT contract award to COD, financed nearly $50MM of small FIT projects, and led SFF through the development of the company’s first portfolio of ground-mount projects to a construction-ready stage. By the end of 2017, this aggregate portfolio will amount to nearly 15 MW of solar energy capacity added to Ontario’s electrical grid.
Alexander has recently joined Brookfield Renewable.