Back when we were still hosting info sessions in Allard Hall classrooms (with only renders from our architects Manasc Isaac to show our prospective members), the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) team were already keen to move in to Roundhouse. Having the confidence of early adopters is so meaningful as you build something new, so it was great to have their support.
About half a year later, SESA is still with us and looking to expand—they just started looking for a Program Facilitator to help facilitate some of their programming! With this new milestone, we thought it was a great time to tell you what they’ve been up to.
Rob Harlan, SESA’s Executive Director and Daniel Kielback, their Marketing and Operations Lead, work in a private office at Roundhouse and we are looking forward to meeting the newest member of their team when they start. We love having their board of directors in for monthly meetings and learning about all the great sessions they host on campus to educate the public about solar!
Recently, we sat down with Daniel to learn more about their work:
R: How would you describe what the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) does and more importantly why you do it?
DK: SESA is a non-profit society dedicated to educating the public and solar industry about solar technology and industry trends. Environmental sustainability is a significant aspect of my lifestyle, education and career; I believe solar is the technology that can transform energy infrastructure and create a more sustainable world.
R: What would you say is the largest barrier you face in your work?
DK: Dispelling misinformation and educating people about the benefits and technology of solar with individuals who are change averse.
R: What are you most proud of accomplishing as part of the SESA team?
DK: Events like the Solar Tradeshow that bring together hundreds of people to talk solar and sustainability. Collaborating with government to create industry training, and industry research.
R: What is your favourite place in Roundhouse and why?
DK: The kitchen. I have fond memories of food and connecting with people.
R: In 5 years, what does success look like for SESA?
DK: Becoming the organization that people go to for solar questions and concerns.
R: On a personal note, if you were to champion something other than solar energy, what would it be and why?
DK: Waste reduction and building energy retrofitting. They are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases.
R: If somebody wants to know how they can positively impact their world by using solar energy, where do they start? And, one piece of advice for anybody sitting on the fence?
DK: Visit our website and explore the resources, especially the past seminars section which has years of stored information. Then, visit the Alberta Solar Providers Directory. If you can go solar, don't wait. Find a company on our website; there has never been a more affordable time to go solar.