At 82 years of age I should probably be doing whatever old people do at my age, but in 2008 I got the solar bug. My wife and I thought we were retiring to Arizona but after seeing thousands of solar roof tops I thought why not in Canada. In Alberta we have one of the best places in the world for solar.
My first failed venture was to develop a dual axis solar tracker. I had the engineered drawings completed in Ontario and the tracker built in China. When it arrived, we found that none of the bolt holes lined up and required all to be re-drilled.
We donated the tracker to the women’s shelter on the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Unfortunately, we hired the wrong electrician and after spending $12,000 the tracker did not work. The cables were too short and did not allow the movement required to function.
My second failed venture involved a U.S partner who manufactures solar panels. Although he was willing to invest $14,000,000 of the required $18,000,000 my partners and I were unable to raise the $4,000,000. We were encouraged to apply to the City of Calgary investment fund. At each level we made the cut and were invited to keep submitting more information.