Ruth Cooper

Ruth Cooper

Steeltown Solar, a division of Ecodomus Consulting

Ruth is an energetic, creative, systems engineer with 20+ years of multi-industry experience having spent the last 15 involved in various facets of Ontario’s fledgling renewable energy industry. Ruth began her career as a Mechanical Engineer (B. Eng., Carleton University, Ottawa) in the automotive industry. This dynamic 12+ year career entailed progressive responsibility for product life cycle of
mobile heavy equipment from design and test through to product launch and continuous improvement for the defence, construction, and transportation industries within industry-leading Fortune 500 automotive OEMs, including General Motors Diesel Division – Defence Operations, Genie Industries, Champion Road Graders, and International Truck & Engine Corporation.

In 2005, Ruth realised that she had gone astray; her passion was for the environment and buildings more so than vehicles. As such, Ruth decided that research pertaining to sustainable development of the built environment would enable her transition from the automotive to the building sciences/renewable energy industry and completed a thesis-based Masters in Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) within the department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. Ruth's research was primarily in the multi-disciplinary field of wind power meteorology focused on the assessment and analysis of the interaction between ground-level wind and the shape and form of the urban development to further understand the performance potential of building-integrated wind energy conversion systems.

Over the last fifteen years Ruth (o/a EcoDomus Consulting) has been supporting the renewable energy industry and building sciences sector through provisioning of such services as energy audit, site assessment, and renewable energy (e.g., solar and wind) project development, system design, and performance simulation, including hands-on involvement in solar PV and thermal system installation.
Steeltown Solar was founded in 2010 as a division of EcoDomus Consulting to support solar PV projects under the Feed-in Tariff program.

Presentation: Tiny Home Solar 101
Steeltown Solar will be presenting information about on & off-grid solar systems with emphasis on
considerations unique to tiny houses. Key discussion points include:

  • energy conservation and energy efficiency;
  • energy consumption of standard appliances & equipment;
  • typical solar PV electricity generation potential (in Ontario);
  • typical solar PV system configurations, including energy storage systems;
  • system permitting, design, & commissioning;
  • system operation & maintenance; and
  • system costs & financing.

The presentation is intended to increase awareness of electricity consumption and the importance of buying energy efficient equipment/appliances, further understanding of the physical size and cost of a solar PV system in relation to the appliances and equipment it is powering, and enable informed decisions to be made regarding solar PV as an option for energy self-sufficiency. While focusing on the
unique aspects specific to tiny homes, the information will also inform the home owner on thesuitability of such a system for their residential home.

All sessions

Tiny Home Solar 101

  • 5 August, 2022
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Proper Floors Stage

Q&A: Off-grid living

  • 5 August, 2022
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Proper Floors Stage
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