“It is essential that Canada’s energy and electricity sectors continue to be in the leading pack globally for innovation,” remarked John Gorman, President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). “That includes our renewable and non-renewable energy resource sectors. Alberta is Canada’s energy capital for oil and gas. Now solar energy is becoming a new source of jobs and investment for the province.”
When complete, the Suffield Solar Project will generate 23 MW, which will power approximately 7,400 homes each year, and employ around 250 people during the construction period.
The bi-facial solar photovoltaic technology will increase efficiency of energy generation by 10 to 15 per cent and improves on grid-reliability in the winter months, despite snow cover.
“Bi-facial photovoltaic technology is a great fit for Southern Alberta,” says Patrick Bateman, Director of Policy and Market Development at CanSIA. “In Summer, the prairies receive more hours of sunlight than Miami. In Winter, snow cover on the ground acts as a mirror and the energy in the reflected light is captured by this innovative technology.”
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To learn more about solar energy and the best way for consumers to go solar, please visit the Canadian Solar Industries Association at www.CanSIA.ca.
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. CanSIA’s vision for Canada’s solar energy industry is for solar electricity to be a mainstream energy source and an integral part of Canada’s diversified electricity mix by 2020, operating in a supportive and stable policy and regulatory environment within a similar time frame. Follow CanSIA on Twitter and Facebook.
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