Dandelion Renewables is a vibrant company that has just emerged in the Alberta renewable energy market, but already earned a reputation of a strong and knowledgeable team. Dandelion Renewables specializes in solar/wind assessments and installations, feasibility studies and energy conservation. The head of the company Mikhail Ivanchikov was working in the renewable sector for the last 7 years. “Now is the exciting time for energy conscious people in Alberta. Thanks to all energy options available on the market and declining costs for solar power, our company can implement energy solutions that not only benefit the environment, but improve the bottom line of our customers”, says Mikhail.
We talked to Paul and Maggie McCourt from Edmonton. Few years ago they began building their dream home in Entwistle area West of Edmonton. It is a straw-bale building that is designed to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. After walls were erected McCourts started to look for the options to get the power for the house. The estimates for connecting to the grid were astonishing. After paying for the interconnection, they would still have to pay the electrical bill every month. McCourts did not like this idea and they started to look for an alternative ways. In summer 2011 Paul contacted Dandelion Renewables. The feasibility study showed that the cost could be cut significantly. Paul was contemplating the idea of wind turbine, but the studies proved solar to be more viable solution from economic point of view. McCourt’s decided to build 2.7KW off-grid PV system. “It works well and supports all our electrical needs”, says Paul McCourt, “We are very happy with it.”
“Solar power nowadays is much more affordable than many think it is.” adds Mikhail. By educating customers about best energy options Dandelion Renewables quickly gains a lot of interest and appreciation by customers. Mikhail believes that solar energy is poised to grow in Alberta in the nearest future.