Canada distributed solar power generation market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% during the forecast period of 2020 - 2025. Factors such as rising environmental concerns and high cost of grid expansion are expected to be major drivers driving the market. Also, advancements in technology leading to solar panel manufacturing cost reduction and an increase in efficiency have been the major factors for the growth of Canada's distributed solar power generation market. However, widespread usage of alternative energy sources for distributed power generation in the country is expected to hinder the growth of the market.
- The gradual shift from energy generation from conventional sources such as coal and natural gas to clean energy is expected to help grow Canada distributed solar power generation market.
- Commercial and industrial sectors are showing interest in distributed solar power generation, due to various economic benefits and are considering it as a constant source of energy to eliminate downtimes and equipment damage due to voltage fluctuations in conventional power grids. This, in turn, is expected to create a huge opportunity for distributed solar power generation market in the country in the near future.
- Canada's distributed solar power generation is expected to witness significant growth in the forecast period, owing to the rising environmental concerns, and economic benefits of domestic distributed solar power generation.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Demand for Clean Electricity
- Increasing demand for clean energy is one of the primary drivers for the distributed solar power generation market in the country. The country has one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world, with over 66% electricity produced from hydropower and renewables combined.
- Rooftop solar offers the benefits of modern electricity services to households that had no access to electricity, reducing electricity costs on islands and in other remote locations that are dependent on oil-fired generation, as well as enabling residents and small businesses to generate their own electricity.
- Commercial and industrial systems are expected to become the largest growth segment because they are usually more inexpensive and have a relatively stable load profile during the day that can enable larger savings on electricity bills, depending on the policy scheme in place.
- Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the market in forecast period.
Electricity Generation from Hydropower to Restraint the Market
- Canada is the world's second-largest hydropower producer after China. The country has an installed capacity of 81,000 MW of hydropower and produced over 387.3 TWh of electricity in 2018.
- The country has a history of over a decade of electricity generation from hydropower starting before 1900. The country has over 500 hydropower plants spread across the country.
- Hydropower maintains an edge over other renewable energy resources in the country due to its reliability in cold and harsh weathers faced by the country. The country has on average less than 51% sunshine and faces extreme temperatures in winter which can go up to -40 C with simultaneous wind chills, both of which are not ideal conditions for wind and solar power generation.
- Therefore, the harsh weather in the country in winters and more reliability on hydropower are expected to be the major restraints for the distributed solar power generation market in the country during the forecast period.
Canada distributed solar power generation market is partially fragmented with a lot of big and small players operating in the market. Some of the major companies are Polaron Solartech Corp, Grasshopper Solar Corporation, Canadian Solar Inc. Ltd, EDF Renewables Canada Inc., and LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
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