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Wild Ideas Kimberley Cranbrook: The Future is Solar

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Kimberley & Cranbrook Branch
The Heid Out
821 Baker St., Cranbrook


From solar panel manufacture and recycling, to analysis of historical and forecasted rates, to technical electrical considerations, many of your questions will be answered.

Rick Tiefenbach, Lead Solar Design Expert from Kootenay Solar, will provide a detailed overview of how solar photovoltaics produce electricity, how systems are constructed and what hardware is used, how grid-tied net-metering and batteries work, as well as monitoring and maintenance concerns.

In addition, the presentation will cover the broader picture of the environmental context, micro versus mega generation, and the energy landscape of BC into the future. For any questions that are not answered, Rick will be eager to address them in the discussion portion.

Rick hails from Castlegar, BC by way of Regina. He brings a wealth of experience in the solar industry and a detailed technical knowledge of the development of solar hardware and design configurations. His background education in Business Administration and former career in Financial Planning are the perfect foundational complement, making him uniquely qualified to see the world of solar in a skeptical yet practical and exacting way. 

Date: Tuesday, January 30 
Timing: 6:30 pm presentation to begin, conversation to follow, end by 7:30 pm
Location: The Heid Out, Cranbrook (821 Baker St.)
Cost: $5 per person, but please contact us if the price is a restriction (

Note seating is limited for this event, register ahead or take your chance at the door.

Kootenay Solar will be offering a $500 voucher to one of the lucky attendees to get your solar journey started (or add a little fuel to your fire). While attending the event, you can enter your name into the draw and a winner will be selected upon its conclusion. 

This voucher is for direct savings off the total cost of any completed solar project. This offer does not expire and may not be combined with any other discount.