Eight municipal buildings in Ottawa now equipped with solar panels

Ottawa gets green with solar energy project, Crown says between 10,000-12,000 Sask. homes will run on solar power within 5 years and solar power proposals are on the rise in Calgary as the province pushes for renewable energy. These are the stories we are following in Canada.


METRO OTTAWA: Ottawa gets green with solar energy project

The sun has risen on a new solar project between the city and Energy Ottawa. Energy Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa, announced their installation of solar panels on eight city buildings Wednesday as part of a large-scale solar energy project.

The large-scale installation came after the success of the 2010 pilot project, where smaller solar systems installed at city hall and one other building. Hydro Ottawa said the renewable energy generated from the panels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 41,382 metric tonnes over the 20-year-term. The eight solar systems on city buildings is the first large-scale solar project for the city, said Bryce Conrad, president and CEO of Hydro Ottawa.

CBC NEWS SASKATCHEWAN: SaskPower says solar plan to power up to 12,000 homes by 2021

SaskPower says between 10,000-12,000 homes in Saskatchewan will be run on solar power by 2021, from a project aiming to deliver 60 megawatts. Some of that electricity should be reaching the grid by 2018.

The government’s target is to have 50 per cent of its power delivered by renewable sources by 2030.​

“So if we think about it, 2000 megawatts would be about fifty per cent of our mix today,” said Guy Bruce, SaskPower’s Vice President of Planning, Environment and Sustainable development. “So it’s a relatively small percentage, but it’s a move in the right direction.”

CBC NEWS CALGARY: Growing list of solar projects in the wings as Alberta moves to replace coal

Solar power projects that could jolt Alberta’s electricity grid with the addition of hundreds of megawatts of renewable power are being lined up in anticipation of incentives from the provincial NDP government. According to the Alberta Electric System Operator, 21 proposed solar projects generating a total of 681 MW — about 60 times the existing provincial solar capacity — have been registered on its system access service request list as of Sept. 1.

Two projects have jumped to the next step and are described in applications for construction approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission. The larger of the two, the proposed 77.5-MW Vulcan Solar Project in southern Alberta, would be the largest solar power project in Western Canada.

CALGARY HERALD: Solar power proposals on rise as province pushes for renewable energy

Solar power projects that could jolt Alberta’s electricity grid with the addition of hundreds of megawatts of renewable power are being lined up in anticipation of incentives from the provincial NDP government.

According to the Alberta Electric System Operator, 21 proposed solar projects generating a total of 681 MW — about 60 times the existing provincial solar capacity — have been registered on its system access service request list as of Sept. 1.

Two projects have jumped to the next step and are described in applications for construction approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission. The larger of the two, the proposed 77.5-MW Vulcan Solar Project in southern Alberta, would be the largest solar power project in Western Canada.

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