Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Ontario surpasses Florida in solar PV development with more projects in the pipeline
The state of California still ranks at the top of the North American solar PV market, with total installed capacity of 768 megawatts (MW), but Ontario is jockeying for the leading position as the top PV growth market, according to recent data compiled by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the Canadian Solar Industry Association (CanSIA). In 2009, Ontario surpassed Florida in terms of installed PV base—48 MW versus 46 MW—and trails only California, New Jersey (128 MW), and Colorado (59 MW) in North America. CanSIA estimates that as much as 200 MW of PV capacity could be installed in Ontario this year; nearly 100 MW of projects have already been completed, and several large projects are underway.