Rising energy prices and global climate change are heating up the market for household energy alternatives. Sales of solar energy equipment alone are growing by 15 to 25 percent per year. As a result, Energy Alternatives Ltd., Canada's leading catalogue supplier for alternative energy, was literally bursting from its small office and warehouse in Saanich on Vancouver Island.

Energy Alternatives secured a new building and Ecotrust Capital provided owner Kevin Pegg with a loan to finance its fast-paced growth. In business for 23 years, the company sells alternative systems including solar, wind and micro-hydro generation equipment to those living off the grid or wanting to be more energy independent.