Energy Solutions

Saskatchewan is fortunate to have remarkable wind and solar resources that are currently underutilized. SES advocates for government policies that will help energy to be used more efficiently in Saskatchewan. Public policy is critically important to the development of a low-carbon, renewable energy future. SES has developed several policy documents on renewable energy and has encouraged the Saskatchewan government to move forward with these policies. The need to do so is made more urgent by climate change. For example, SES encourages SaskPower to move away from coal-fired power plants and to focus on building a renewable energy future for our province. Part of that process will be supporting the Saskatchewan workforce in its move from non-renewable to renewable jobs. Read about good policy measures for planning for the transition in a carbon-constrained world.

SES is dedicated to demonstrating solutions to the climate crisis. We do this through a variety of practical energy conservation and renewable energy projects as well as environmental education programming for kids and adults alike. For example, we developed a series of innovative stories and videos from businesses, organizations, communities, and farms in rural and small town Saskatchewan that are making changes that are good for the climate and good for their bottom line. Small changes add up and can have significant long-term impacts, and we hope these stories can serve as hopeful inspiration to others.

SES is also actively engaged in providing energy audit services to businesses and non-profits. Learn more about our Efficiency for Organizations and Building Operator Training programs. Both are focused on improving energy efficiency in buildings. By turning off equipment when not in use, not blocking heating and ventilation equipment, making smart purchases, and being generally aware of how our actions affect energy use, energy consumption can be reduced significantly. Discover over 100 tips for reducing energy and conserving water at home and at work.

Knowing that more needs to be done to address climate change in our province, SES dreamed of establishing Saskatchewan’s first renewable energy co-operative. In 2014, we secured funding to make this dream a reality. Since those early days, the SES Solar Co-operative has grown into its own entity that facilitates community investment in solar power by selling shares to members. Collectively, the SES Solar Co-operative’s 250+ members own seven solar installations with a total of 1,588 solar panels generating 583 kilowatts of energy at peak capacity. The SES Solar Co-operative is a particularly attractive climate-friendly option for those who are unable to install solar panels on their home or who want to support larger-scale renewable energy generation. Anyone in Saskatchewan can become a member. Learn more about the SES Solar Co-operative, and any current or future share offerings here.