All posts by Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales - is the President of Cortes Currents and also the Cortes Radio Society, where he has had a radio program since 2014. He has had over 2,000 articles published, in print or web publications, since 1982. Close to 450 of these have been republished on the international renewable energy website Clean Technica. Roy has lived on Cortes Island since 2011.

Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry (A Review)

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Peter Varadi is one of the few people who could be said to personify the solar industry. He and his partner, Joseph Lindmayer helped develop this technology for space and founded the World’s first terrestrial solar company in 1973. It was the worlds largest, and possibly the only profitable, solar company when they sold out a decade later. That did not end Varadi’s involvement. He has continued to be at the center of developments, as a consultant to organizations like the European Commission, The World Bank and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His recently published book, Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry, is and insider’s view of what has transpired since Bell laboratories discovered that silicon was a incredible conductor of electricity in 1953.
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Delores Broten & the Watershed Sentinel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Watershed Sentinel’s origins go back to 1990. Most of Cortes Island’s forest is second growth, which has grown up up since the turn of the 20th century. When MacMillan Bloedel came to harvest these trees, they found themselves opposed by 100 to 200 local residents. Delores Broten kept local residents abreast of of developments with a newsletter that  grew to become an award-winning environmental news magazine. This morning’s broadcast focuses on Delores Broten & the Watershed Sentinel.
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The ECOreport goes live on Cortes Community Radio

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1(Cortes Island, BC) – At noon on Tuesday, July 8, the ECOreport goes live on Cortes Community Radio, 89.5 FM, CKTZ, which is also broadcast over the web. This is the start of a series of half hour programs that are scheduled from 12-12:30 on Tuesdays and from 10:00 – 10:30 on Wednesdays. The ECOreport (www.theecoreport.com) is a sustainable news site, focusing on how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America, but also carrying items of a broader interest. Continue reading The ECOreport goes live on Cortes Community Radio

TM Pipeline: Two of BC’s Five Requirements

Editor’s note for readers outside BC, this pertains to one of the province’s two proposed pipeline projects that would bring diluted bitumen from Alberta. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline has just hit another snag. On July 4 British Columbia’s attorney filed a motion with the National Energy Board requesting more detailed information on how Kinder Morgan would respond to maritime and land-based spills. There are 70 questions, which have not been adequately addressed. They pertain to two of the five requirements that must be met before BC will support any heavy oil pipeline.
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