Is the Alberta solar market open for business?

Alberta solar market insight:
A Review and Analysis Report | June 2017


About this Report

This Alberta Solar Market Insight is a solar industry review and analysis of the Alberta industry developed by pvbuzz media.

PVBUZZ Media conducted good-old fashion in-depth research and combined these efforts with existing data to deliver a report that includes a complete history of solar adoption in the province of Alberta, Canada.

This report is most useful for construction, finance, engineering and other venture type companies weighing the decision to invest or make a move to Alberta. The report identifies and analyzes trends in residential and commercial solar growth and installation.

The report and analysis are important in forecasting future industry growth and capacity potential in the province.

All data analyzed in this report was collected from information provided by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). The AESO is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES).

 

Table of Contents

I. BACKGROUND INTRODUCTION
A. ALBERTA ON THE SPOTLIGHT:
B. FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS IN ALBERTA:
C. SOLAR POTENTIAL IN ALBERTA:
II. UNDERSTANDING ALBERTA’S ELECTRICAL SECTOR
A. ELECTRICITY MARKET:
B. COST OF ELECTRICITY:
III. SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY
A. MARKET STATUS:
B. COST OF SOLAR ENERGY:
IV. GROWTH OF SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY
A. BACKGROUND OF SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY IN CANADA:
B. SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY (MICRO-GENERATION):
C. SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY FARMS:
D. INSTALLED PV MICRO-GENERATION + UTILITY-SCALE PV FARMS UNDER DEVELOPMENT:
V. CONCLUSION
A. ALBERTA RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SOLAR PROGRAM:
B. SOLAR BUSINESS POTENTIAL:
C. ALBERTA’S SOLAR FUTURE:

I. Background Introduction

A. ALBERTA ON THE SPOTLIGHT:
The solar industry in Canada is primed to participate in the Government of Alberta's newly launched Residential and Commercial Solar Program – a 36 million dollar program supporting the installation of solar electricity generation on residential, multi-residential and small commercial roofs across the province with the goal of achieving 10,000 new solar roofs.

This program will complement other supportive policy targeting households, businesses, farms, indigenous communities, and municipalities to make investments in becoming more energy efficient.

Under this program, solar installations on rooftops are expected to increase from 1,800 to 10,000 systems, which will create about 900 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a half million tons (or the same as taking 100,000 cars off the road).

The program is funded through the province's carbon tax revenue.

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