You can still participate in the survey for the Atlantic Canada Solar Study until April 10, 2018.
The goal of the study is to help ensure that the solar energy industry grows in a healthy, interconnected way within this region. This project is a Solar Nova Scotia initiative, supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and by volunteer contributions from the academic community.
Researchers are focussed on gathering current information on the local costs and benefits of solar energy, identifying opportunities to reduce the administrative burden associated with interconnection of distributed solar electricity projects, and generating a assessment of the industry by discovering which businesses in the region are involved with solar energy, their products and services, markets served, scale of operations, supply chains, employment levels as well as trends, opportunities and barriers to development.
Information is being collected by surveying solar technology customers and businesses. Awareness of the research has been developed through event attendance, as well as Solar Nova Scotia’s website and social media presence. Industry participants have been identified via organically sourced lists and by searching the Canadian Companies Capabilities data base.
To date over half of the forty-five companies identified have participated in this study, most via interview and some by completing the survey online. In addition, ten solar customers have provided data from their PV systems.
Study results will be available to the public by approximately the second quarter of 2018.