“The 1.05 MW SunMine solar plant is enough to power 185 homes”. The fact demonstrates the excellent potential of solar energy in BC.
185 homes may look low to some but not so when taking into account the following facts:
- It is in the same order of magnitude than the average BC Hydro generation.
- It is better than some other hydro power projects.
- The energy consumption per household in BC is one of the highest in the world.
How is that number calculated?
Western canada largest solar energy plant begins
PRESS RELEASE – SunMine Ground breaking – July 7, 2014 2014
Construction on SunMine the biggest solar field west of Ontario, was officially started Monday, as part of a $5.3M project to make use of a contaminated mine site in Kimberley, British Columbia.
Read the article on CBC News
Get the latest facts and figures on solar energy and SunMine. (Slide presentation)
Slide Show: Solar Facts
Table of content:
- Energy costs
- World solar capacity
- PV prices
- US solar capacity
- Key facts (USA)
- Solar capacity vs BC Hydro Capacity
- Solar Maps
- Solar maps BC and Alberta
- BC solar ranking
- Temperature and soiling
- Kimberley, BC
- Kimberley vs Abu Dhabi
- Energy yield and temperature / soiling correction
- Why trackers? ( face the sun)
- Solar irradiance : direct and diffuse.
- Tracking the sun
- On-site tests
- Financial return : IRR and ROI
- Investment grade analysis
- Solar Data
- Exceedance probability
- SunMine innovation
- Solar + Mining
- Location, location, location
The SunMine solar plant in Kimberley, BC is an innovative project that showcases six ‘first’:
- The largest solar facility West of Ontario.
- The first grid-connected solar PV installation in BC.
- The first solar tracker used in Western Canada and adapted to northern high altitude climate
- The first re-development of a remediated industrial site into a solar farm in Canada.
- The first large solar project supported by a Canadian mining company in Canada.
- The first large solar facility developed and owned & operated by a Canadian municipality.
Solar energy yield of optimized solar system in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, Canada with a P95 exceedance probability. The maps represent the annual energy yield in kWh per kWp of a PV solar system installed on various mounting option: 2-axis (full) Tracker, Vertical Axis Tracker (VAT), and Fixed racking. Continue reading Solar energy map. Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada.
Where are the best places to develop a solar plant in BC. What are opportunities for the First Nations? The graph shows the expected energy yield of solar systems installed near weather stations – usually airport where we can find reliable solar data. It highlights also First Nations with good solar development opportunities.
The units are in kWh per kWp installed (the amount of energy produced per unit of power installed or in short the capacity factor in hours per year).
In this case, it is assumed that the system is installed on trackers which can boost significantly the energy output. Cranbrook, Kimberley (site of SunMine, the first large scale solar power plant in BC) and the Kootenays have exceptional solar energy (In the four best solar sites in Canada). Anything above 1,500 hr is quite good and better than Germany. Haida Gwaii is a special case it has lower solar energy level but the island relies on diesel genset that has higher costs of producing electricity -making solar potentially cost-competitive.