2016 will be remembered as the year that Ontario contracted utility-scale solar at $150/MWh then suspended future procurements as Alberta Infrastructure and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) explored 135,000 MWh per year of solar
and launched the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) (resp.) and Saskatchewan launched the first 10 of their 60 MW of utility-scale procurements.
In 2017 the prairies are taking the lead on utility-scale solar electricity (in support of climate action in their electricity sectors). The price discovery in these jurisdictions with the best solar resource in Canada will bring all elected officials and members of the public to a realization that what they thought they knew about solar energy is not the starting point that we are building from today.
In these provinces, procurement design will be key to competitiveness and lower costs will drive greater long-term scale and pace. CanSIA will continue to support procurement launches, advocating for best practice treatment of solar in: fuel-neutral procurements, capacity markets, advocate for appropriate utility-scale solar role in Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and build and maintain public confidence & support.
Here are a selection of CanSIA's utility-scale highlights from 2016: