Quebec is making impressive strides towards embracing solar energy, with the government recently announcing plans to acquire 300 MW of solar power.

This initiative, announced by Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, marks a pivotal moment for Quebec’s renewable sector, as the province aims to diversify its energy sources and reduce carbon emissions.

The proposed initiative highlights the potential for solar energy to meet Quebec’s growing energy needs.

Currently, Quebec produces only 15 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, a fraction of its overall energy portfolio. However, with this proposed expansion, Quebec aims to significantly boost its solar energy capacity, contributing to the province’s sustainability goals.

Jean Habel, Director of Quebec and Atlantic Canada at CanREA, emphasized the importance of seizing the opportunity presented by solar energy.

He noted that while the announcement represents progress, there is still room for further growth in the solar sector to meet Quebec’s energy demands effectively.

The proposed regulation project, which allows Hydro-Quebec to conduct calls for tenders for solar energy projects, is a key aspect of Quebec’s renewable energy strategy.

The first tender, expected to take place by the end of 2024, signals the province’s commitment to accelerating its transition to cleaner energy sources.

Renewable energy associations have been advocating for clear procurement targets and long-term certainty in Quebec’s renewable energy policies. By expanding solar projects on rooftops and optimizing solar parks, Quebec can achieve better economies of scale and enhance the overall viability of the solar industry in the province.

The proposed expansion comes at a time when the federal government is offering incentives, such as a 30% tax credit on investments in renewable technologies, to support the growth of clean energy across Canada. With the combined efforts of government initiatives and industry support, Quebec is poised to make great strides in solar energy adoption.

Sofia Martimianakis
Sofia is a writer who has public sector and renewable energy industry experience. She holds an HBA from the University of Toronto and an MA in English Literature from the University of Waterloo.

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