The Salt Spring Community Energy Society is a group of local citizens concerned about sustainability, encouraging renewable energy and clean technology development on Salt Spring. Our 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.

Current directors of the Community Energy Group are:

Ron Watts  (President) 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 (Vice President) 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.

David Elderton(director) is a the owner of Hill Eater E-Bikes and Canadian distributor of Juiced Bikes. He powers his home and vehicles with solar energy and recently built an electric catamaran that is in daily use as a commuter boat.

Kjell Liem CCEM (secretary/treasurer) is the president of Saltspring Solar Ltd. 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. Kjell is a Certified Community Energy Manager and serves on the board of the BC Sustainable Energy Association.

Brian Smallshaw (director)

Tom Mitchell (director)

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