Ontario is home to 99% of grid-connected PV systems in Canada. The Canadian Solar Industry Association (CanSIA) predicts that by the end of 2015, Ontario will have installed 2 gigawatts (2,000 megawatts) of solar electricity, most of it at the
British Columbia residents might be more environmentally conscious than the average Canadian, but residential solar power has not yet taken off on the west coast. However, the largest commercial PV installation outside of Ontario is set to begin operations in
Alberta currently generates 5 MW of solar electricity, which amounts to 0.03% of its total electrical generation capacity. However, solar energy is set to expand in Alberta with a 15 MW project by GTE Power Corp slated for development in
The southern portions of the prairie provinces have the best solar energy potential in Canada. In Winnipeg alone, it’s estimated that the solar photovoltaic rooftop potential is 3,000 megawatts. Up to this point, it’s been hard to compete with hydro-electricity.
The prairies have the greatest solar energy potential in all of Canada, yet the number of solar producers in Saskatchewan is still very small, on the order of 330 for the entire province. However, with falling installation costs and the