Quebec takes a step toward solar energy

CanREA applauds the Quebec government’s goal of acquiring 300 MW of solar energy.

Montreal, March 26, 2024. –  The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) welcomes the Quebec government’s intention to move forward with proposed regulation for a multi-phase solar acquisition in Quebec, as announced today by Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy.

This will be a first for Quebec: This announcement is a breakthrough for the solar industry. Quebec currently only produces 15 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, which is 0.32 per cent of the 4,600 MW already installed in Canada.

“This announcement is a step in the right direction for the solar industry, but solar can do even more to meet the growing needs of Quebecers in coming years,” says Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Opportunity to speak up

After publishing this proposal in the Gazette officielle du Québec, the Quebec government will receive feedback about solar energy from stakeholders far and wide during the 45-day consultation period.

CanREA will join those stakeholders in calling on the Quebec government to seize this major opportunity to use solar energy, with or without energy storage, to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

Half of Quebec’s current energy portfolio still relies on energy sources that produce a large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making solar installations in Quebec a real asset on the road to net-zero. This is why Quebec must act quickly to set up regulatory conditions that encourage the greater use of solar energy.

The federal government plans to roll out a 30% tax credit on capital investment costs in renewable technology like solar until 2034, making now the time to act.

Draft regulation that targets multiple blocks of solar energy

Under the proposed regulation, Hydro-Québec would issue RFPs totalling 300 MW. The first could be launched before the end of 2024.

For many years now, CanREA has been calling on Quebec to set clear procurement targets and solidify the future of all forms of renewable energy in the province.

“CanREA welcomes the predictability that this proposed regulation would provide, but it bears repeating that Quebec would benefit from incorporating even more solar energy in its electricity mix. More rooftop solar and optimized solar sites would produce better economy of scale and improve the overall outlook for solar in Quebec,” adds Habel.

Consult the draft regulation here. (in French only)

Quotes

“This announcement is a step in the right direction for the solar industry, but solar can do even more to meet the growing needs of Quebecers in coming years.”

“CanREA welcomes the predictability that this proposed regulation would provide, but it bears repeating that Quebec would benefit from incorporating even more solar energy in its electricity mix. More rooftop solar and optimized solar sites would produce better economy of scale and improve the overall outlook for solar in Quebec.” 

— Jean Habel, Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

For media inquiries and interview opportunities, please contact:

Communications
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
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About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter/X and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.   

Dunsky report defines potential for onsite solar to help Canada achieve net-zero

  

First comprehensive national market outlook for behind-the-meter solar calls for 20-40 times more rooftop and onsite solar in Canada by 2050. 

Ottawa, December 14, 2023— The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) welcomes the first comprehensive national market outlook for rooftop and on-site solar—also known as behind-the meter (BTM) solar—which calls for scaling up rooftop solar by 20-40 times to help Canada achieve net-zero targets.

The groundbreaking report from Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, “BTM Solar: Canadian Market Outlook: How Behind-the-Meter (BTM) solar can contribute to Canada’s net-zero future,” outlines the current status of this industry in Canada and models its growth potential under different scenarios, within the context of reaching net-zero by 2050.

“CanREA commissioned this independent report to investigate the progress to date and potential market outlook for BTM solar in Canada,” said Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO. “BTM solar is an important part of Canada’s renewable energy sector and it has tremendous growth potential. Canadian homeowners want it, municipalities want it, local businesses want it, and Canada needs it: all affordable clean energy solutions have a part to play in getting us to net-zero.”

Some of the report’s findings were originally presented at Electricity Transformation Canada in October 2023, by Erwin Heuck (CanREA’s DER Director) and Ahmed Hanafy (Director, Dunsky); more of the report is being made public today.

“This is the first study to quantify the potential for BTM solar deployment in Canada and its contribution to net-zero targets,” said Hanafy. “The study also describes the benefits to consumers, to the economy, and to electricity systems, and defines the actions stakeholders need to take to unlock and leverage BTM solar’s potential in this country.”

The report states that, if Canada is to achieve net-zero, we need BTM solar to meet 2-4% of our total annual electricity demand, providing 24-48 TWh per year. The current adoption rate for BTM solar in Canada is just 0.2%: residential and commercial onsite (rooftop and ground-mount) solar produce 1.5 TWh per year.

The study assesses three scenarios for the future of BTM solar, reflecting three different levels of support: A market transformation model, a scenario featuring expanded financial supports, and a business-as-usual (BAU) case.

Under the current policy environment (the BAU scenario), BTM solar uptake will fall short of the needed 2% to 4% of electricity generation needed to meet Canada’s net-zero targets.

For BTM solar to do its part for net-zero, then capacity must be scaled up by 20-40 times today’s levels by 2050.  On the residential front, this means one home in three needs to become solar-equipped, compared to one in 200 homes currently.

In order to realize that potential, it is CanREA’s intention to use this study to drive further action.

“CanREA will continue to advocate for policy measures that will accelerate the adoption of BTM solar across Canada,” said Heuck. “In the short term, it is critical to refinance the Greener Homes program and to ensure a swift rollout of the Clean Technology ITC which will have a beneficial impact on the expansion of commercial rooftop solar in Canada.”

The report also states that the most impactful way to accelerate the adoption curve is to revise building codes to mandate solar in new single-family homes. This would result in an estimated 13 GW of new capacity.

In addition, putting solar on existing homes in Canada could generate an additional 11 GW, with an additional 12 GW generated by solar systems on commercial buildings. Together, this growth would account for 36 GW by 2050.

The study identifies the province of Ontario as the biggest growth potential and largest market for BTM solar, followed in order by Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and then the rest of Canada.

The full report is available exclusively to CanREA members at the Megawatt level and up, as part of the new Solar Installers Program. If you are part of this program, contact your DER Director, Erwin Heuck, to obtain your copy. If not, please contact CanREA’s Membership team to discuss your eligibility.

Note: Behind the Meter (BTM) solar can be defined as rooftop or ground-mount solar PV systems that provide power on site for all types of buildings, including both residential and commercial.

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Quotes

“CanREA commissioned this independent report to investigate the progress to date and potential market outlook for BTM solar in Canada. BTM solar is an important part of Canada’s renewable energy sector and it has tremendous growth potential. Canadian homeowners want it, municipalities want it, local businesses want it, and Canada needs it: all affordable clean energy solutions have a part to play in getting us to net-zero.”

—Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

“This is the first study to quantify the potential for BTM solar deployment in Canada and its contribution to net-zero targets. The study also describes the benefits to consumers, to the economy, and to electricity systems, and defines the actions stakeholders need to take to unlock and leverage BTM solar’s potential in this country.”

—Ahmed Hanafy, Director, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

“CanREA will continue to advocate for policy measures that will accelerate the adoption of BTM solar across Canada. In the short term, it is critical to refinance the Greener Homes program and to ensure a swift rollout of the Clean Technology ITC which will have a beneficial impact on the expansion of commercial rooftop solar in Canada.”

—Erwin Heuck, DER Director, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

For media inquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:

Communications
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
613-227-5378
communications@renewablesassociation.ca

About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca

About Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

Dunsky supports leading governments, utilities, corporations and others across North America in their efforts to accelerate the clean energy transition, effectively and responsibly. With deep expertise across the Buildings, Mobility, Industry and Energy supply sectors, our team of 50+ professionals supports clients in two ways: through rigorous Analysis (of technical, economic and market opportunities) and by designing or assessing leading Strategies (plans, programs and policies).

Ontario announces first major renewables procurement in seven years  

  

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) applauds Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for announcing plans to procure 5,000 MW of new wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy. 

Toronto, December 13, 2023—CanREA applauds Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for announcing its first major renewables procurement since March, 2016.  

On December 11, the IESO provided a resource adequacy update to Ontario’s Minister of Energy, entitled “Evaluating Procurement Options for Supply Adequacy,” and announced it is making plans to procure a total of 5,000 MW of new energy-producing resources (wind, hydro, biomass and solar).

“This announcement provides a clear signal to our members that Ontario is ready for new renewable projects, said Eric Muller, CanREA’s Director for Ontario. “This procurement will be a significant opportunity for our members to develop low-cost wind, solar and energy storage in Ontario to meet the province’s growing needs.” 

CanREA has consistently advocated with the Ministry of Energy and the IESO for clear and timely procurement targets and longer-term procurement certainty for the market. This is now being addressed by the IESO’s five-year (2024-2028), cadenced approach for upcoming procurements, including 2,000 MW of new non-emitting electricity generation by 2030 as part of the “Long-Term 2 Request for Proposals” (LT2 RFP), as well as 1,500 MW for 2032 and an additional 1,500 MW for 2034.  

The IESO notes that these procurements will complement the energy-storage projects currently in operation or being developed, which could represent as much as 3,000 MW on the grid by 2028. 

 “Provinces across the country are investing in renewable energy and energy storage projects—Ontario will now be investing in both,” said Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO. “Ontario ratepayers will be well served with this additional, affordable, clean renewable energy on the grid.” 

While this announcement is an encouraging signal, there are still many challenges to address before actually getting this new clean energy connected to Ontario’s grid. CanREA will continue advocating for clear processes for Crown land access with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), for clear permitting requirements in support of upcoming energy procurements with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), and for transmission expansion, particularly as it pertains to northern development, with the Ministry of Energy (MoE). 

“On behalf of our members, CanREA is committed to working collaboratively with the government, the IESO and key decision-makers to address these challenges constructively,” said Muller. “There is a lot more to do in Ontario, and we are looking forward to getting it done.” 

Quotes

“This announcement provides a clear signal to our members that Ontario is ready for new renewable projects. This procurement will be a significant opportunity for our members to develop low-cost wind, solar and energy storage in Ontario to meet the province’s growing needs.”  

—Eric Muller, Ontario Director, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)  

“Provinces across the country are investing in renewable energy and energy storage projects—Ontario will now be investing in both. Ontario ratepayers will be well served with this additional, affordable, clean renewable energy on the grid.” 

—Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) 

“On behalf of our members, CanREA is committed to working collaboratively with the government, the IESO and key decision-makers to address these challenges constructively. There is a lot more to do in Ontario, and we are looking forward to getting it done.”  

—Eric Muller, Ontario Director, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)  

For media inquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:

Communications
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
613-227-5378
communications@renewablesassociation.ca

About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca

STATEMENT: CanREA welcomes TES Canada’s green hydrogen project in Quebec

Newly announced Mauricie Project is good news for wind and solar deployment in Quebec.

Montreal, November 14, 2023— CanREA congratulates TES Canada H2 Inc. for its announcement last week of a $4B green Hydrogen project in the La Mauricie region of Quebec.  

When it becomes operational in 2028, the Mauricie Project will produce 70,000 tonnes of green Hydrogen annually to help decarbonize fossil-fuel-intensive sectors of the Quebec economy.  

Green Hydrogen requires a vast supply of clean, renewable energy generation, which will mean scaling up the deployment of wind and solar in the region. To that end, TES Canada will build an 800 MW wind farm and a 200 MW solar farm to provide the energy for electrolysis.  

The 800 MW wind farm will be one of the largest in Canada, two times larger than the largest wind farm currently operating in Quebec. TES Canada predicts the project will create 1000 construction jobs for three to four years, followed by approximately 200 permanent jobs in Mauricie.  

“This is good news for the wind and solar deployment in Quebec,” said Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “This project represents significant opportunities for CanREA members active in Quebec, in terms of construction, OEMs, maintenance and more. CanREA members are ready and able to build our clean energy future.” 

CanREA supports the deployment of green hydrogen, as a broad, integrative solution for decarbonizing Canada’s heavy industries where electrification is difficult. The Mauricie Project supports the use of green hydrogen for heavy transportation, which alone accounts for nearly 10% of Quebec’s emissions. The remainder will be purchased by CanREA member Énergir for third generation (e-gas) renewable natural gas, a renewable fuel used to decarbonize the heavy industrial sector. 

TES Canada claims this project will reduce CO2 emissions by 800,000 tonnes annually, making it one of the largest decarbonation projects in Quebec announced to date. 

 “This project aligns well with CanREA’s 2050 Vision. It will use wind and solar energy produced on site, optimize the use of the electricity grid, and help decarbonize key sectors of the Quebec economy.” 

The announcement took place in Shawinigan, Quebec, at a press conference featuring Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain, François-Philippe Champagne, Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, the mayor of Shawinigan, Michel Angers, and the executive director of TES Canada, Éric Gauthier. TES Canada H2 Inc is a Montreal-based unit of Belgium’s Tree Energy Solutions.  

TES Canada is running local public consultations on this project until November 21. For more information, see the press release here.

Photos

PHOTO: From L to R: Jean-François Jaimes (Énergir), Jean Habel (CanREA), Éric Gauthier (TES Canada H2 Inc.) and Renault-François Lortie (Énergir), at the announcement of Projet Mauricie in Shawinigan, Quebec, on November 10, 2023. 

Quotes

“This is good news for wind and solar deployment in Quebec. This project represents significant opportunities for CanREA members active in Quebec, in terms of construction, OEMs, maintenance and more. CanREA members are ready and able to build our clean-energy future.”   

“This project aligns well with CanREA’s 2050 Vision. It will use wind and solar energy produced on site, optimize the use of the electricity grid, and help decarbonize key sectors of the Quebec economy.”   

—Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada 

About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Bridget Wayland
Senior Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
613 227-5378
communications@renewablesassociation.ca   

News release: CanREA welcomes Hydro-Québec’s plan to double renewable energy by 2050.

CanREA members will be key partners in the success of Hydro-Québec’s 2035 Action Plan, which will enhance Quebec’s energy mix by tripling wind generation and increasing the deployment of solar and energy storage.

Montreal, November 2, 2023 — The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is pleased to see that Hydro-Québec’s “Action Plan 2035: Towards a Decarbonized and Prosperous Quebec,” which was released today, plans to significantly increase the deployment of renewable energy to decarbonize Quebec’s economy in the coming years.

Hydro-Québec plans to develop 60 TWh of renewable energy by 2035, plus an additional 150 to 200 TWh, to meet Quebec’s electricity demand by 2050, which means doubling the province’s current electricity supply.

“We would like to highlight the scale and speed of Hydro-Québec’s planned deployment of renewable energy, as announced today. This 2035 action plan provides important long-term predictability for CanREA members, who will be key partners in the success of these plans,” said Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

An increasingly diverse energy mix in Quebec

Hydro-Québec’s 2035 action plan will enhance Quebec’s energy portfolio with more wind and solar energy, in addition to energy storage.

“Wind will make a significant contribution to future energy deployment in Quebec, with Hydro-Quebec’s plans to triple wind generation to over 10,000 MW by 2035,” said Habel.

Quebec’s energy mix will also incorporate solar and battery storage.

“CanREA is pleased to see that solar and energy storage will play a larger role in Quebec’s energy mix over the coming years and decades,” said Habel. “This includes household and industrial solar PV, paired with energy storage, for more than 125,000 customers, as well as the connection of small solar farms to the distribution grid. This could total up to 300 MW.”

Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

This new action plan reflects a broader discussion on net-zero emissions and a formal consultation on the framework and development of clean energy in Quebec. Several of CanREA’s recommendations, both those made as part of this consultation, as well as those contained in CanREA’s 2050 Vision “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net Zero,” were reflected in Hydro-Québec’s new action plan.

For CanREA, Hydro-Quebec’s 2035 Action Plan is not only a step in the right direction towards meeting GHG-reduction targets by 2050, it also clearly positions Quebec to become a major player in the production of renewable energy in Canada over the next decade.

CanREA also stresses the importance of working together to optimize future energy deployment. As a result, CanREA plans to continue working with Hydro-Québec and with all the relevant stakeholders in Quebec, including Indigenous communities and municipalities, to ensure that the deployment of renewable energy projects is well aligned with host communities. “The renewable energy sector is ready to meet this challenge,” said Habel. “Quebec needs to increase renewable energy deployment to meet its climate objectives between now and 2034, and Hydro-Québec is seizing a window of opportunity offered by the new investment tax credits for renewable energy production that were announced in the 2023 federal budget.”

Quotes

“We would like to highlight the scale and speed of Hydro-Québec’s planned deployment of renewable energy, as announced today. This 2035 action plan provides important long-term predictability for CanREA members, who will be key partners in the success of these plans.”

“Wind will make a significant contribution to future energy deployment in Quebec, with Hydro- Québec’s plans to triple wind generation to over 10,000 MW by 2035.”

“CanREA is pleased to see that solar and energy storage will play a larger role in Quebec’s energy mix over the coming years and decades. This includes household and industrial solar PV, paired with energy storage, for more than 125,000 customers as well as the connection of small solar farms to the distribution grid. This could total up to 300 MW.”

“The renewable energy sector is ready to meet this challenge. Quebec needs to increase renewable energy deployment to meet its climate objectives between now and 2034, and Hydro-Québec is seizing a window of opportunity offered by the new investment tax credits for renewable energy production that were announced in the 2023 federal budget.”

—Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada

About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.

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Virginie Aubé Pelletier 
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Bridget Wayland
Senior Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
613 227-5378
communications@renewablesassociation.ca   

Announcing Clean Energy Jobs Canada | Emplois Énergie Propre Canada 

CanREA launches new careers website for Canada’s wind, solar and energy-storage industries.

Calgary, Alberta, October 25, 2023—The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is proud to launch a new initiative, Clean Energy Jobs Canada | Emplois Énergie Propre Canada, at CanREA’s annual conference (Electricity Transformation Canada) today. 

Clean Energy Jobs Canada aims to help accelerate the recruitment of more skilled workers into the growing renewables and energy storage industries. There are nearly 1 million vacant jobs in Canada right now. And across this nation, wind, solar and energy-storage companies need skilled workers—many today, and even more tomorrow—as the renewables industry expands operations to help achieve Canada’s 2035 and 2050 net-zero goals. 

“Our new Clean Energy Jobs Canada site is a crucial part of CanREA’s mission to grow this country’s wind, solar and energy-storage industries. As part of our national workforce strategy, we aim to build the clean energy workforce of the future,” said Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO.

CanREA’s new careers website connects employers and job seekers, showcasing exciting career opportunities to help accelerate the recruitment of more skilled workers into the growing renewables and energy storage industries.  

Job seekers can post their CVs, search for current openings across Canada, apply for jobs, create personal job alerts and more. Employers can post job openings and search a database of qualified candidates, targeting their recruitment efforts to Canada’s go-to clean energy careers site. 

CanREA member companies get complimentary job postings in 2023 and discounted posts in 2024 (members should contact CanREA to learn more

“We know that the number of people interested in renewables is higher than it’s ever been, and we have heard from our member companies that there is a crying need for workers, so CanREA has built this website to try to connect those dots,” said Mathieu Côté, Director of CanREA’s Operations Program. “Clean Energy Jobs Canada aims to move people from ‘interested’ to ‘employed’ in this industry.” 

As part of the initiative, CanREA is also launching a series of Clean Energy Career Profiles, showcasing a day in the life of individual Canadian wind turbine technicians, solar farm electricians, energy storage workers and other professionals working in the clean energy sector. These profiles describe what they do, how they got into this line of work, and what advice they have for others looking to work in the sector.   

For example, Dan McSween, an Operations Supervisor at TriSummit Utilities Inc. in British Columbia, says: “Renewables are the future! It is a very malleable industry and skills from all different backgrounds can become an asset to a lot of organizations.” Check out the career profiles series here.

Visit Clean Energy Jobs Canada | Emplois Énergie Propre Canada at cleanenergyjobs.ca.

Quotes

“Our new Clean Energy Jobs Canada site is a crucial part of CanREA’s mission to grow this country’s wind, solar and energy-storage industries. As part of our national workforce strategy, we aim to build the clean energy workforce of the future.”

—Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) 

“We know that the number of people interested in renewables is higher than it’s ever been, and we have heard from our member companies that there is a crying need for workers, so CanREA has built this website to try to connect those dots. Clean Energy Jobs Canada aims to move people from ‘interested’ to ‘employed’ in this industry.”  

—Mathieu Côté, Director of CanREA’s Operations Program   

“Renewables are the future! It is a very malleable industry and skills from all different backgrounds can become an asset to a lot of organizations. Set goals based on your passions and your job no longer feels like work.” 

—Dan McSween, Operations Supervisor, TriSummit Utilities Inc.

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PHOTO: CanREA’s Mary MacLean and Mathieu Côté present CanREA’s new careers website at Electricity Transition Canada in Calgary on October 25.
As part of the new series of Clean Energy Career Profiles, CanREA spoke with Dan McSween, Operations Supervisor, TriSummit Utilities Inc, to find out more about his occupational journey and what it is like to work as a wind turbine technician in Canada.

For media inquiries or interview opportunities, please contact: 

Communications
Canadian Renewable Energy Association
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About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.

Electricity Transformation Canada (ETC) 2023 comes to Calgary

Registration now open for Canada’s premier renewable energy and energy storage conference and exhibition

July 20, 2023 (Calgary, Alberta) – Canada’s premier clean energy conference and exhibition is heading to Calgary, Alberta. Happening October 23-25 at the BMO Centre, Electricity Transformation Canada (ETC) will feature a value-packed educational program and more than 100 exhibitors, making it the largest ETC yet.

ETC 2023 will showcase progress, policies and success stories on the pathway to net-zero, aiming to inspire attendees. This platform is the ideal place for renewable-energy and energy-storage leaders to network, collaborate and move the industry forward, showcasing technology solutions from distributors, engineers, investors, installers and manufacturers.

Electricity Transformation Canada (ETC) is developed by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), which represents the voice of wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage in Canada, in partnership with the Italian German Exhibition Group—one of the world’s largest and most active event organizers—and RE+ Events, a global event management organization with a focus on the clean energy industry. These entities support a shared vision of innovation and collaboration in Canada’s renewable energy and energy storage industries, as the key to future success and prosperity.

“We are looking forward to bringing ETC to Calgary this year, with a program that presents innovations in wind energy, solar energy and energy storage, looking even more broadly to the full transformation of the electricity sector in Canada,” said Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO.

In addition to the exhibition, ETC will host informative educational sessions and engaging discussions with industry experts, government officials, and stakeholders. These sessions will delve into the innovative technologies, policies, and investments that have driven Canada’s renewable energy success and future.

“There has never been a more exciting time to help expand the clean energy industry throughout Canada,” said Stephen Miner, President, and CEO, RE+ Events. “Our goal with Electricity Transformation Canada is to support the renewable companies that strengthen the Canadian clean energy market and partnering with CanREA creates a powerful platform.”

ETC invites all attendees to learn more about Canada’s renewable energy future. Get ready to gather resources, reports and materials that offer comprehensive insights into the clean energy industry, as well as to enjoy extensive networking opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

Registration and housing for ETC 2023 are now open! For more information, please visit electricitytransformation.ca.

Quotes

“We are looking forward to bringing ETC to Calgary this year, with a program that presents innovations in wind energy, solar energy and energy storage, looking even more broadly to the full transformation of the electricity sector in Canada.”

—Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

“There has never been a more exciting time to help expand the clean energy industry throughout Canada. Our goal with Electricity Transformation Canada is to support the renewable companies that strengthen the Canadian clean energy market and partnering with CanREA creates a powerful platform.”

—Stephen Miner, President, and CEO, RE+ Events

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About CanREA

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible, and scalable solutions. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.”

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CanREA provides innovative recommendations for Quebec’s energy future

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) filed a submission as part of the Quebec government’s consultation on the regulation and development of clean energy.

Montreal, July 20, 2023 – The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) published a submission today as part of the Quebec government’s consultation on the regulation and development of clean energy, outlining a number of recommendations for modernizing the province’s energy sector.

The Quebec government launched the consultation process to gather ideas from the public and experts on how the legal and regulatory framework governing the province’s energy sector can be modernized.

“Renewable energy is key to a successful energy transition,” says Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “CanREA’s submission is a call to action for us all to seize this opportunity to act, propose more agile electricity generation solutions, and enshrine in law the province’s 2050 net zero target, in the interest of sustainable development.”

CanREA’s recommendations 

CanREA’s recommendations for Quebec to meet its current and future energy needs and achieve net zero by 2050 include:

  1. Enshrining in law the government’s pledge to achieve net zero by 2050 through sustainable development.
  2. Encouraging the integration of distributed energy resources into Quebec’s electricity mix, including net metering and energy storage.
  3. Allowing agreements for the supply of electricity on (or near, provided that certain criteria are met) sites where the electricity is generated and/or used.
  4. Formulating an integrated energy resource plan.
  5. Enhancing and clarifying the role of the Régie de l’Énergie.

“Our collective vision for a successful energy transition must also include considerations of environmental, social justice and economic development issues,” says Habel. “Many of CanREA’s recommendations address these issues and provide meaningful benchmarks for achieving net zero by 2050.”

Summary of key recommendations

Make the transition to a net-zero future by 2050

Achieving net zero requires all Quebec stakeholders to take action for the energy transition process. Only by working together can we reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from Quebec’s industrial, transportation and construction sectors and ensure that our economic development is environmentally sustainable.

Stakeholder collaboration will play a decisive role in government policy and decision making. For this reason, CanREA recommends enshrining Quebec’s 2050 net zero target in the Sustainable Development Act and the Act respecting the Régie de l’énergie.

Seize the opportunity to diversify our energy sources

Every kilowatt of renewable energy brings climate goals one step closer. But progress needs to be made on several fronts at once: we need to simultaneously boost production, meet increased demand for energy efficiency solutions, and mitigate the impacts of peak demand.

One way that the Quebec government can expand access to decarbonization solutions and break new ground in clean-energy regulation is to legalize alternative forms of electricity supply: Quebec can become more agile in its electricity generation by encouraging net metering and allowing agreements in which power producers can provide electricity consumers with electricity on the sites where the electricity is generated and/or used. Most such agreements could only proceed after Hydro-Québec chose whether or not to exercise its right of refusal, and projects of 5 megawatts or more would be subject to specific requirements.

Reimagine energy resource planning 

According to Hydro-Québec’s Strategic Plan 2022–2026, more than 100 TWh of additional renewable energy will be required to attain net zero in Quebec by 2050. Achieving this ambitious goal requires alignment across the renewable-energy supply chain, from generation to transmission to distribution.

The government’s intent to formulate an integrated energy-resource plan is therefore promising. Such a plan would set the stage for greater collaboration and more effective long-term planning of our energy needs over the next 25 years, allowing our future energy needs to be met in a predictable, consistent and sustainable manner.

CanREA suggests that this plan be created in consultation with stakeholders, reviewed by the Régie de l’Énergie and approved by the government.

Quotes

“Renewable energy is key to a successful energy transition. CanREA’s submission for the Quebec government’s consultation on clean energy is a clear call to action for us all to seize this opportunity to act, propose more agile electricity generation solutions, and enshrine in law the province’s 2050 net-zero target, in the interest of sustainable development.”

“Our collective vision for a successful energy transition must include an environmental component, a social justice component and an economic development component. Many of CanREA’s recommendations take these considerations into account and provide meaningful benchmarks for achieving net zero by 2050.”

—Jean Habel, Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

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About CanREA 

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedInSubscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.  

Meet CanREA’s new VP Policy East

Leonard Kula will lead policy development and government relations in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, as well as oversee CanREA’s Technical and Utility Affairs.

Toronto, July 17 2023—CanREA welcomes Leonard Kula as its new Vice President of Policy—Eastern Canada and Utility Affairs. In this newly created role, Leonard will join CanREA’s Executive Team, lead our policy development and government relations team in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and oversee Technical and Utility Affairs, which includes the Operations Program team and CanREA’s Electricity Transition Hub team.

“Leonard is a seasoned expert with more than 35 years of experience in the electricity sector and in-depth knowledge relating to the electricity systems in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada,” said Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO.

“We are fortunate to have Leonard join us at this critical time for the future development and integration of solar, wind and energy storage across the country. He brings comprehensive electricity-system leadership and experience that will help CanREA be proactive in ensuring our technologies thrive and bring value to ratepayers during the ongoing energy transition.”

After holding a range of roles at Ontario Hydro for 13 years, Leonard joined Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) at its inception in 1999. He fulfilled various roles during his 23 years at the IESO, notably as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he led a team of 300 people with responsibility for the reliable and efficient operation of the Ontario power system. This included long-term planning of transmission and supply resources, market design, resource procurement, real-time market and power system operations, engineering, and the Market Renewal Program.

In addition, from 2017-2022, Kula served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC), enhancing power system reliability in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, New York and New England. NPCC is one of six regional reliability entities supporting NERC (the North American Electric Reliability Corporation).

“I am very excited to join CanREA—and to continue supporting power system reliability and affordability,” said Kula. “Governments, communities and businesses are exploring ways to shift away from fossil fuel-based energy. They are looking to clean electricity systems to power this transformation. CanREA members—developing and delivering electrical energy from renewables and storage—are well-positioned to help build the net-zero future.”

Leonard holds an MBA (York University), as well as both a MASc (University of Waterloo) and a BSc (University of Calgary) in Mechanical Engineering. He is based near Toronto.

To see CanREA’s growing roster of professionals serving Canada’s renewable energy industry, visit the “Our team” webpage. https://renewablesassociation.ca/team/

Quotes

“Leonard is a seasoned expert with more than 35 years of experience in the electricity sector and in-depth knowledge relating to the electricity systems in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are fortunate to have Leonard join us at this critical time for the future development and integration of solar, wind and energy storage across the country. He brings comprehensive electricity system leadership and experience that will help CanREA be proactive in ensuring our technologies thrive and bring value to ratepayers during the ongoing energy transition.”

—Vittoria Bellissimo, CanREA’s President and CEO

“I am very excited to join CanREA—and to continue supporting power system reliability and affordability. Governments, communities and businesses are exploring ways to shift away from fossil fuel-based energy. They are looking to clean electricity systems to power this transformation. CanREA members—developing and delivering electrical energy from renewables and storage—are well-positioned to help build the net-zero future.”

—Leonard Kula, CanREA’s incoming VP Policy—Eastern Canada and Utility Affairs

About the Canadian Renewable Energy Association

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind ene

STATEMENT: CanREA members at the forefront of Ontario’s 739MW energy-storage procurement 

New IESO procurement demonstrates the immense value of energy storage to Ontario’s grid.

Toronto, May 16, 2023—The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) wishes to congratulate member companies who have been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for the procurement of new energy storage projects in Ontario, as announced today. 

“This energy-storage procurement—Canada’s largest to date—is an affordable and much-needed solution to bolster the province’s electricity system, which faces dwindling supply and increasing demand. It demonstrates the immense value of energy storage to Ontario’s grid,” said Brandy Giannetta, CanREA’s Vice-President of Policy and Government Affairs. 

The IESO is moving forward with the procurement of seven new energy-storage projects in Ontario, which will provide a total 739 MW of capacity.  

Six of the seven projects are led by CanREA members. In total, projects proposed by Boralex, Capital Power and Compass Renewable Energy Consulting account for about 515 MW of capacity—nearly 70% of the total announced today.  

  • CanREA Champion Member Boralex will seek to develop a 300-MW battery storage facility in Haldimand and an 80-MW facility in the Municipality of Lakeshore.  
  • CanREA Advocate Member Capital Power will seek to develop a 120-MW battery storage facility near King Township. 
  • Wahgoshig Solar—a partnership between Wahgoshig First Nation and CanREA Associate Member Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc. —is seeking to develop three 5-MW facilities in the Windsor area.   

“Energy storage offers an innovative and cost-competitive solution for meeting Ontario’s growing energy needs while driving economic growth and decarbonization efforts, particularly when coupled with renewable energy supply,” said Giannetta. 

CanREA represents Canada’s leading wind, solar and energy storage companies, working to build a more reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity system for the future of Ontario and across Canada. 

Quotes

“This energy-storage procurement—Canada’s largest to date—is an affordable and much-needed solution to bolster the province’s electricity system, which faces dwindling supply and increasing demand. It demonstrates the immense value of energy storage to Ontario’s grid.”   

“Energy storage offers an innovative and cost-competitive solution for meeting Ontario’s growing energy needs while driving economic growth and decarbonization efforts, particularly when coupled with renewable energy supply.” 

— Brandy Giannetta, CanREA’s Vice-President of Policy and Government Affairs 

About CanREA 

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. We work to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. For more information on how Canada can use wind energy, solar energy and energy storage to help achieve its net-zero commitments, consult “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.” Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Become a member here. Learn more at renewablesassociation.ca.  

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