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Community Solar Power Capacity

    Status: Improving 

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels generate energy directly from sunlight. Producing energy this way reduces pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and reliance on fossil fuels.

Where are we now?

Households, businesses, and co-operatives in Saskatoon are moving quickly to install solar panels. Solar generation capacity in our city was ten times higher in 2018 than in 2012. The graph below shows total generation capacity (in both the Saskatoon Light & Power and SaskPower areas of the city).  Solar power capacity in Saskatoon was approximately 1,400 kilowatts at the end of 2018.  That's enough to power about 187 homes. 

 
Data table
Solar Energy Generation Capacity (SaskPower and SL&P areas)
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Solar power capacity (kilowatts dc) 

18 60 126 201 285 412 663 991 1430

What are we doing?

Emission-Reduction Targets 
Saskatoon City Council has set ambitious emission reduction targets for the community (15% below 2014 levels by 2023 and 80% below by 2050) and for City operations (40% below 2014 levels by 2023 and 80% below by 2050).

Net Metering 
Saskatoon Light & Power’s Net Metering Program is designed for residential and commercial customers who wish to generate their own electricity and “bank” excess electricity for credit on future power bills.

Solar Orientation in New Neighbourhoods
Many new developments in our city are being designed and oriented to increase the potential for active and passive solar heat and energy generation.

Small Power Producer Program
Saskatoon Light & Power’s Small Power Producers Program enables residents or businesses to generate some of their own electricity and earn money by delivering excess electricity back into the grid. Customers can connect up to 100 kilowatts of clean-energy capacity.

Solar Power Demonstration Site
Saskatoon Light & Power has partnered with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society Solar Co-operative — the first power generation co-operative in the province — ​and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to create a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) demonstration site. Located at the Landfill Gas Power Generation Facility, the Site consists of four ground-mount arrays, with a total of 92 solar panels and 30.7 kilowatts of generation capacity. 

What can you do?

Generate solar power for your own home. If you want to install solar panels, Saskatoon Light & Power’s net metering program will enable you to generate your own electricity and send any excess to our electrical grid and receive a credit toward future electricity bills.

Generate solar power for our community. The Small Power Producers Program is designed for those who want to produce and sell renewable energy.

Did you know?

Saskatoon is one of the sunniest places in Canada, receiving 2,381 hours of sunshine annually.