Toronto, Ontario, November 28, 2019 – Today, in Toronto, votes were counted on special resolutions proposed to the members of both the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). At separate Special Meetings of Members, the voting delegates for all members in every category of membership within each association were asked to vote on the amalgamation of the two organizations into a new multi-technology association focused on wind energy, solar energy and energy storage.
The votes in support of amalgamation within both associations exceeded the required two-thirds threshold in every membership class. Therefore, the amalgamation will proceed.
The effective date for the new multi-technology association is July 1, 2020 and the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Electricity Transformation Canada event in Toronto in November 2020.
“On behalf of the Boards of Directors for both organizations, I would like to reiterate our shared belief that amalgamation will deliver a significantly strengthened value proposition to the members of both associations as we work together to bring forward comprehensive solutions and advocate with a stronger voice to increase the deployment of solar energy, wind energy and energy storage technologies across Canada.”
-Wes Johnston, President & CEO, Canadian Solar Industries Association
“Canada’s electricity system will need significantly increased amounts of wind energy, solar energy and energy storage in a more flexible electricity grid if Canada’s supply is to be affordable, reliable, flexible and climate-friendly. That will require increased deployment both in front of the meter and behind the meter – putting this new collaborative framework in place will allow us to fully leverage this tremendous opportunity for our industries.”
-Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association
About the Canadian Solar Industries Association
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. CanSIA's vision for Canada's solar energy industry is for solar electricity to be a mainstream energy source and an integral part of Canada's diversified electricity mix by 2020, operating in a supportive and stable policy and regulatory environment within a similar frame.
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