About Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the the ECOreport, a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America. He writes for both writes for both Clean Technica and PlanetSave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over 1,600 since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.



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California Providing Increased Protection For PACE Customers

October 9th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Close to 150,000 Californian homeowners have made energy and efficiency improvements through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. For the most part they are success stories, but there are isolated reports of problems with "independent solar, plumbing and roofing contractors who pitch the loans and sign up consumers through online software."


Residential Solar Installation Costs In California

October 9th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Though there is considerable push back from Big Oil, the California legislation's goal of 50% renewable electricity by 2030 seems attainable. What are residential solar installation costs in America's battleground state


Reconditioning Wind Farms Can Extend Their Lives

October 6th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Around 40% of Germany's wind turbines will soon be 15-years old.  The French, Italian, Spanish, and British fleets are also aging. More than 86 gigawatts of Europe's wind capacity is scheduled to be decommissioned by 2030. A new report from New Energy Update describes an alternate solution, which is reconditioning wind farms


What Is Causing The West Coast’s Epidemic Of Fires?

September 5th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

As British Columbia reels from the worst fire season in its recorded history, it is easy to look upon this as a local problem. but much of Oregon is wrapped in smoke, there are reports of ash falling like snow in some Washington cities and two days ago a state of emergency was declared in Los Angeles.


Viewing Victoria’s Passive Houses

August 31st, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

The Bernhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at Victoria’s passive houses


First Black Start On Germany’s Grid

August 15th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

This experiment took place in the North German city of Schwerin. The WEMAG battery power station, developed by the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos, successfully restored a previously disconnected power grid.


Pedestrians & Cyclists Add To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

June 26th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver's downtown businesses. 


Canada Is Now 1.7 Degrees Warmer Than In 1948

June 26th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Average global temperatures keep rising. While 2016 is the warmest year on record, the previous record was set in 2015 and, before that, 2014. A new joint report from Health Canada and the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) puts this into perspective


The Changing Climate Makes Sea Levels Rise

June 2nd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Sea levels are already rising. One tends to think of this as a third world development but, between 1969 and 2010, Prince Edward Island lost 20 square kilometers. According to Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the Climate Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island, close to a thousand PEI homes, 17 lighthouses (one of which is already half in the water) and a number of wind turbines could be lost by 2100.


Bicycles Once Again The Winners Of Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge

May 25th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Bicycles have dominated Vancouver's "Rush Hour Challenge" ever since the event began in 2009. According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver's Annual Rush Hour Challenge


Wave Energy’s Potential For British Columbia

May 23rd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from the University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) outlined wave energy's potential for British Columbia


Vancouver Island’s Struggle For Sustainable Forestry

May 23rd, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists.


GRID Alternatives 2017 SuperSolarthon

May 18th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon. Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives 2017 SuperSolarthon


Empower’s Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

May 16th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

A newly launched unified solar and energy storage system targets the residential market. According to its press release, Empower's Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform streamlines "the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromise of performance or cost."



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