CANADIAN SOLAR INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION SOLAR PARK OWNED BY CAPSTONE INFRASTRUCTURE CORPORATION AND DESIGNED, BUILT AND OPERATED BY SUNPOWER, BOTH CANSIA MEMBERS.
CANSIA PROUDLY REPRESENTS MANUFACTURERS, INSTALLERS, PROJECT DEVELOPERS, BUILDERS, ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, CONSULTANTS, AND A VARIETY OF OTHER COMPANIES AND STAKEHOLDERS WHO WANT TO SEE SOLAR ENERGY GROW IN CANADA.
LEADERSHIP A foreword by John A. Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
On behalf of the members of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), I am pleased to offer this foreword to the “Solar Leadership” series in Sustainable Business Magazine. The sun provides an inexhaustible supply of clean fuel to power our homes and our economy. Solar energy is positioned to play a key role in our transition to carbon-free lives and a carbon-free economy.
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The goal of our Association is to build a Canadian solar energy industry which is strong, efficient, ethical, and professional, with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. CanSIA proudly represents manufacturers, installers, project developers, builders, architects, engineers, consultants, and a variety of other companies and stakeholders who want to see solar energy grow in Canada. Canada has become one of the leading markets for solar PV globally and represented one of the top 10 countries in 2014 and 2015, with an average of 675 MW installed in those years. Our national cumulative installed capacity will soon surpass 3 GW. More than ever before, CanSIA’s members are poised to solidify solar electricity as a mainstream energy source and secure solar as an integral part of Canada’s diversified electricity mix. Ontario has been the leading solar market in Canada for many years. More than
99% of the country’s almost 3 GW of solar is located in the province due to the Green Energy and Economy Act (GEEA), which sought to counter the potentially devastating implications of the global financial crisis of 2008. The GEEA gave rise to the province’s feed-in tariff programs, which for a number of years made the province one of the hottest solar markets in the world. The Canadian solar market is entering a new phase as Ontario considers whether to increase, maintain, or decrease the scale and pace of solar deployment in the coming years, however CanSIA believes that updated net metering regulations and new climate change incentives will ensure that Ontario has a viable, sustainable, and growing solar market. Furthermore, new policies and programs at the federal level and in Western Canada are expected to create new opportunities and turn the solar market into a truly national market. Solar uptake has doubled in Alberta since 2015, bolstered by initiatives like the