Encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy on Vancouver Island


Non-profit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island (Society) was formed in 2002 to promote measures that would reduce the amount of energy we waste as well as encourage clean, renewable, energy in this region.

Since then it published over 100 articles in the Nanaimo News Bulletin, offered free energy efficiency and clean energy information through this website and at dozens of public events, made many public presentations, hosted large public events such as the 2020 Transportation Forum and the 2016 Community Solar Event, and intervened in many BC Hydro applications to the B.C. Utilities Commission.

Recently ESVI spearheaded the development of spin-off Island Community Solar Cooperative.  We also assisted a number of enthusiastic community partners with solar PV demonstration projects to help further promote the uptake of clean, distributed community energy generation.  As an off-shoot of our Solar PV Demonstration Program, we also promote the use of our Small Solar PV System Installation Specification to ensure owners get systems that are installed safely and will last for many years.

See this PowerPoint presentation for a summary of ESVI activities/offerings and see our News page for a summary of recent ESVI public engagement activity.  For a more comprehensive historical overview of ESVI, please see this PowerPoint presentation just delivered in July 2020.

Our paid membership consists of about 45 individuals in the mid-Island area and we work with other BC organizations with similar values such as the BC Sustainable Energy Association and the BC Community Solar Group to leverage our efforts.  We are directed by a dedicated volunteer board consisting of:


Ian Gartshore – President

Kalie Gossen – Secretary

  Scot Merriam Director at large

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