Renewable energy sources currently account for 18.9% of Canada’s entire primary energy supply. When examining electricity generation, hydroelectricity accounts for 59.3%, wind at 3.5%, biomass at 1.4%, and solar at a mere 0.5%. Solar power is not our primary electricity source, and living in rainy Vancouver, BC, it’s not hard to guess why. That being said, Canada sits 13th in the world for installed solar capacity, at 2310 MW. The province of Ontario generates the majority of Canada’s solar power, but recent trends suggest the rest of the country could start to follow this lead. The cost to install solar panels is decreasing – approximately one-tenth of what it was in 2000 (at 95 cents per watt). Furthermore, non-hydroelectric renewables (biomass, solar, and wind) are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada, rising from 1.5% to 7.2% between 2005 and 2016, showing potential for the expansion of solar power generation in Canada.
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