Today, the Federal Government submitted: "Canada's Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy" to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a document detailing what a long-term low-greenhouse gas emission society will entail. In which Canada outlines an emissions abatement pathway consistent with net emissions falling by 80 per cent in 2050 from 2005 levels. This is consistent with the Paris Agreement's 2°C to 1.5°C temperature goal.
Solar energy is highlighted in this strategy. The chapter titled Decarbonisation and Expansion of Canada's Electricity System presents solar electricity generation increasing significantly to reach levels between 18 TWh (1 per cent of total generation) and 99 TWh (6 per cent) in 2050 representing approximately 10 to 60 GW of cumulative installed capacity in operation. This implies a Canadian solar market of 100's to 1,000's of MW per year for the next three decades.
The importance of this document is that it sends a clear signal that while 2050 is decades away, changes to all decisions with long-term energy implications will need to start today and that solar energy will soon become a mainstream part of Canada's energy future.
CanSIA will continue to review and comment on the report in consultation with Members. We expect further energy and environmental policy announcements in preparation and conclusion of the First Minister's Meeting in early December. Attend Solar Canada 2016 to gain insights and perspectives as to what these developments will mean for the solar industry in the coming years and decades.
The Federal Government has announced that by 2025, 100% of electricity used in their buildings and operations will be from renewable energy sources. This target is in support of a target to reduce the Federal Government's greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as early as 2025. The initiative supports their commitment to a cleaner, more innovative economy that reduces emissions and protects the environment while creating well-paying jobs for the middle class and ensures a prosperous and sustainable economy for the next generation.
Speaking from Calgary at a renewable energy industry conference, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change highlighted that this initiative will create significant new demand for renewable electricity across Canada including a significant purchase of renewable electricity for Department of National Defence installations in Alberta (Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Wainwright, and Suffield).
John Gorman, CanSIA President & CEO, released the following statement in support of today's announcement:
"The Federal Government's commitment to purchasing 100% renewable electricity from sources, such as solar energy, as early as 2025 makes a significant contribution to Canada's innovation and environmental protection agenda in two ways.
Read the Government of Canada's full news release here.
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