Measure Description

Solar Energy Capacity measures the amount of installed, grid connected solar electricity capacity within the city of Edmonton's municipal boundaries in kilowatt hours per month. Increasing solar energy generation is a goal of The Way We Green and is an indicator of the overall resilience of our energy system. Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy calls for 10% of Edmonton's electricity to be generated locally and sustainably by 2035. Solar electricity capacity within city boundaries is one measure of locally generated electricity.

Measure Importance

More than 80% of the world’s energy and 95% of Edmonton’s come from fossil fuels, i.e., coal, oil and natural gas. This dependence poses risks such as high energy prices, poor air quality, as well as social, economic and environmental consequence related to greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.

Historical Data

Solar Electricity Capacity

Explanation of Performance

The amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed provides an indication of the amount of low carbon and local electricity that is being added to the Edmonton area annually. Increasing solar energy generation is a goal of The Way We Green and can be an indicator of the increasing diversity of our energy system. As solar PV becomes more affordable, installations are increasing at an accelerated rate.

Did You Know?

A comprehensive State of Environment report has been prepared to highlight the condition of Edmonton’s environment and measuring the various factors that are contributing to that condition, including progress on the City’s environmental initiatives. The report supports the implementation of The Way We Green by helping Citizens, City Council and City Administration make informed decisions. The Way We Green is the City of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan. It sets out principles, goals, objectives, policies and approaches for Edmonton to live in balance with nature.

The intent is to update the online version of the report as data is available with a more formal printable version released every 18 months.

Useful Links

Visit this page for more information on Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/energy-transition.aspx

Visit this page for more information on the City of Edmonton and NAIT's solar array project: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/nait-solar-array-project.aspx

Visit this page for more information on the City of Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth Pool Solar Pilot Project: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/projects_redevelopment/queen-elizabeth-pool-solar-pilot-project.aspx

Online version - State of the Environment Report: https://dashboard.edmonton.ca/reports/env-2014/Introduction

Printable version - State of the Environment Report: www.edmonton.ca/greenannualreport