19. Sunny solar Alberta
Blog: Sunny days ahead for solar in Alberta
When you put the words ‘resource’ and ‘Alberta’ in the same sentence you’re usually talking about the kind of resources that get drilled, steamed or dug out of the ground. Oil and gas are king in Alberta but a new report from the Canadian Solar Industry Association or CanSIA says Alberta has the best solar resource in Canada.
However, when you start comparing Alberta to the largest global market for solar energy technology in the world, Germany, it's clear who's got the better solar resource.
Here’s where you play the sad trombone. Sunny Alberta has 1.6 megawatts of installed solar capacity. Germany has around 30 gigawatts of installed solar energy capacity. Thirty gigawatts equal 30,000 megawatts. This means Germany has 18,000 times more installed solar capacity than Alberta.
However, when you compare Calgary’s solar potential to Berlin’s it doesn’t even come close. The yearly photovoltaic potential in Calgary is 1292 kWh/kW. Berlin’s photovoltaic potential is 848 kWh/kW. (Source) This means a one-kilowatt solar system in Calgary will produce 52 per cent more electricity than one in Berlin.
In fact, Calgary has more solar potential than both Rio de Janiero and Rome. And the numbers are even better for southern Alberta cities Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. More…
Podcast: Alberta's Solar Potential - The Best in Canada
A new study confirms it. Alberta has the best solar potential in all of Canada. This news was anounced at the Solar West Symposium put on by the Canadian Solar Industry Asssociation and there was a buzz in the air at this well-attended event. We talk to solar industry veterans to get their take on Alberta's solar resource and how best to develop it. We also talk to Alberta's minister of environment and sustainable resource development, Diana McQueen, the keynote speaker at the event about solar in Alberta.
Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of Canada
Photovoltaic municipal rankings in terms of yearly PV potential (for South-facing PV panels with latitude tilt)
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