The sun provides a steady stream of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy on the earth every day. Solar cell photovoltaic power generates clean renewable electricity to supply a distributed generation electrical GRID or your Off-GRID electricity requirements. Solar power technology is improving rapidly as did computer hardware and software over the past three decades. The cost per watt of solar systems is declining as technology  improvements increase the power conversion efficiency of  solar cells and manufacturing techniques reduce the cost of producing solar modules and balance of system components. Two studies by Joshua Pearce, Queen’s University Professor of Engineering, calculated the enormous potential of solar power that could be generated in Southeast Ontario:

The first study, led by Professor Joshua Pearce, concluded that if enough choice rooftops in Southeastern Ontario installed solar technology, the province could generate 5 gigawatts (GW) of free energy – enough to power 5% of Ontario’s energy requirements.  By contrast, “all the coal plants in all of Ontario produce just over 6 GW,” according to Pearce…

The second analysis, also led by Pearce, focused on ground-mounted systems rather than rooftop installations.  Their findings concluded that if SE Ontario utilized enough of its un-arable, uninhabitable land for solar farms, this would be sufficient to produce 90 GW of clean and free energy from the sun.

Taken together, an aggressive rooftop and solar farm campaign [in Southeastern Ontario alone] could produce 95 GW, or roughly 95% of the United States’ nuclear energy capability.

Most solar power installations are GRID-tied, or directly connected to our electricity network. The Ontario Feed in Tariff programs provides incentives to investors in solar power generators for GRID-Tied systems.  Property owners considering installation of solar power systems require assessment of their location’s solar electricity potential measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh),  optimal system sizing, government regulations and installation costs.  Ontario’s solar and wind power industry is growing very fast as property owners take advantage of  financial incentives to generate clean electricity under the Green Energy Act FIT programs.

Electric GRID transmission connection is available in most urban and rural  communities. Remote camps and cottage country locations that are distant from GRID transmission facilities are often costly to connect. Property owners in these Off-GRID locations find it less expensive to install  hybrid renewable energy power generators and a back-up generator to power their electrical load requirements. Solar  and wind power systems combined with batteries, power management devices  and a backup generator make-up  essential components of  hybrid Off-GRID power systems that service base and critical loads throughout the year.

Solar power consultants provide solar site assessments for both GRID-tied and Off-GRID renewable energy power projects. Power requirements are measured against budget constraints to optimize electricity yield and investment return under the Micro FIT or FIT programs. In the case of Off-GRID projects,  solar power consultants ensure that  adequate hybrid power systems are installed to service seasonal base and critical electricity loads.  Solar power consultants work closely with  power system engineers, electricians and installers.

Solar power is renewable energy that is part of the solution to increase clean electricity  to offset and reduce carbon-based power generation, such as coal-fired generation plants, that produce greenhouse gas emissions that causes global warming. Clean renewable energy provides additional distributed generation of electricity to our GRID to satisfy part of our seasonal peak hour demand for electricity. When we use energy wisely today we leave a legacy of reduced carbon emissions so that our children will not be overwhelmed by environmental uncertainty. Solar, wind and bio-energy renewable power generation is an important part of the solution to slow global warming.

Solar Power is Clean Renewable Energy

  1. Sarnia Ontario hosts world’s largest solar farm at 80 MW (CBC, Oct-4-2010)
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory video on solar cell technology development from the world’s leading solar laboratory (0:06:37)
  3. Solar Century’s introduction to solar power (photovoltaic energy) – (0:02:33)
  4. National Geographic on energy conservation and renewable energy challenges and opportunities and concentrated solar power farm – all under 3 minutes.
  5. Solar module Manufacture manual assembly
  6. Natural Resources Canada CanmetEnergy renewable energy sources – Canada’s solar power potential
  7. 1366Tech solar v. wind power and solar headlines