Clean Energy Research Group

Clean Energy Research Group

Clean Energy Research Group


The Clean Energy Research Group (CERG) is a non-profit volunteer-based group associated with Simon Fraser University dedicated to studying the challenges and opportunities for the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable, clean energy systems.

CERG was created from the Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Innovation and Development lab (iiDevLab) in 2018 with financial support from SFU and Willow Grove Foundation. Headed by Dr. Anil (Andy) Hira at SFU, CERG members have a unique combination of technical/engineering, social science/policy, and sustainable community development skills and experience.

Our Values

CERG does not seek revenues or profit, only to recover the costs for its actitivies.  CERG seeks out donations and funding from public and non-profit sources to fund its activities.  CERG does not affiliate with any company or government.  We offer a neutral expert opinion and seek to connect dots to improve policies as well as to help communities.


CERG’s current focus is to collaborate with off grid communities in Canada to look at technical and social processes to promote a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

CERG seeks to collaborate with government, communities, universities, fellow researchers, project managers, funders and other partners to amplify support for a move to renewable, clean energy systems.  We also have a strong interest in developing global partnerships.

CERG has a holistic approach to clean energy transition in remote communities that promotes local development and acts as a model for others by:

  • Examining off grid communities who have already made the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, to distill and share lessons.
  • Analyzing and weighing in on policy, and how it could better promote the transition, through comparative studies.
  • Acting as an intermediary to off grid communities interested in making the transition, but wanting advice or assistance in securing technical, financial, and/or policy support.
  • Documenting the holistic benefits of clean energy beyond emissions and finances, including spillover effects on community development, adherence to indigenous values, and promoting transition policies.


We have or can find the expertise to solve a wide array of energy- and economic-development related issues.  Here are some examples of what we can do:

  • Help communities to create an community energy and emissions plan, and tie to economic development goals.
  • Guide communities' choices towards appropriate sustainable energy systems, including renewable energy projects.
  • Assist communities in developing financial and governance systems, including designing surveys, focus groups, and interview sessions to gather public opinion.
  • Help communities to create funding proposals and find possible funding sources for energy projects.
  • Gather, process, and analyse data for communities, governments, or funders to assist in planning and decision-making.
  • Act as a neutral set of eyes and ears for communities seeking contractors and private sector partners to create projects.
  • Conduct neutral party energy and environmental assessements, including monitoring and evaluation of existing energy projects.
  • Document, assess, and evaluate proposed or existing sustainable energy projects and policies, to provide lessons.

CONTACT US if you are interested in exploring collaboration possibilities, or just want to learn more about our research.