Looking for additional resources on solar energy? Here are several useful links, reference articles and news items.


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Solar 101 Primer

Learn how photovoltaic systems work, the energy collecting capacity of systems for different cities, how systems are designed and what the key design considerations are.


Canadian Solar Industry Association (CANSIA)

CanSIA is a national trade association that represents approximately 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future.


Ontario Power Authority (OPA)

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) plays a unique role in Ontario’s electricity sector by  coordinating province-wide conservation efforts, planning the electricity system for the long term, and contracting for clean electricity resources. It was established by the Electricity Act of 2004 and plays a vital role in the planning and future of Ontario’s energy resources.


OPA Renewable Energy Feed-in Tarff (FIT)  Program

Visit this site to learn more about the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program including:

  • MicroFIT: projects of 10 kilowatts or less for homeowners and other eligible participants
  • FIT Programs:  projects over10 kilowatts for renewable energy developers


Solar and Sustainable Energy Society of Canada Inc.

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc. (SESCI) – now Solar and Sustainable Energy Society of Canada Inc. is a non-profit organization and is the only National level NGO that is registered with charitable status in its field. mission is to advance the use and awareness of solar and sustainable energy in Canada. SESCI also has an international voice as the Canadian section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).


North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the “gold standard” for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certification. It  is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals. Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP offers certification and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.


Photovoltaic Potential near Ottawa

Research maps from Canada’s National Forest Information Services