Robert Hornung, the long-standing president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), will assume the helm of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association when it launches on July 1, 2020. The new multi-technology association is a merger of CanWEA and the Canadian Solar Industries Association.
The members of those two associations approved the merger in a vote November 28, 2019. The two associations currently share head office space in Ottawa.
The new association will advocate on behalf of energy solutions that integrate multiple renewable energy technologies.
According to CanWEA, wind and solar generation meet an already significant and growing proportion of Canadian electricity demand, with a combined grid-connected installed capacity of more than 16,500 megawatts. It says recent power purchase contracts have confirmed that wind and solar energy are cost-competitive with conventional generation, with wind now being the lowest-cost source of new electricity generation in Canada.
“There is a clear public desire to see advancement of the technologies we represent to capture the full promise of a renewable energy future. The Canadian Renewable Energy Association is the right vehicle to help make that promise a reality, while delivering great business value to each and every member,” said Hornung in a statement.