Sales of Grid-Connected PV Systems Soar in Ontario

CanSIA, the Canadian Solar Energy Industries Association, estimates that sales of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have soared in Canada by more than 400% in the first half of 2006.

CanSIA estimates that 250 kilowatts (kW) have already been installed in the first six months of this year in Ontario alone. Natural Resources Canada has previously reported that a total of 110 kW was installed on-grid in 2004 (most current year for which data is available) in all of Canada. Further estimates by CanSIA show that between 100-200 residential PV systems (in excess of 250 kW) have been installed in Ontario since March in anticipation of the Ontario Standard Offer (SO) program. An additional 250 kW of larger projects have been announced or are being planned including the 100 kW PV system at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. All these projects are a direct result of the SO program, which is offering 42 cents per kilowatt-hour for PV-generated electricity. In a typical year, CanSIA estimates that only about 25 kW (10-20 systems) are installed on grid-connected homes in Ontario. CanSIA projects that the SO program will enable the installation of 15,000 residential PV grid connected systems — up to 40 megawatts (MW) in Ontario by 2011. By 2025, CanSIA estimates that Ontario could have more than 3,400 MW of installed PV capacity. Details on CanSIA projected sales as a result of the SO program can be found in CanSIA’s report, The Potential of Solar PV in Ontario. NRCan’s Annual PV Sales in Canada Survey can be obtained by contacting Josef Ayoub at NRCan (450-652-1981, Josef.Ayoub@NRCan.gc.ca). The 2005 survey results are due by the end of July.
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