Today the Alberta government announced its much-anticipated market stimulus package for homes and businesses. By 2020, $36 million will be invested in the form of rebates for commercial and residential customers, in addition to the rebate programs already underway for municipalities and agriculture producers. The symbolic super-number of 10,000 solar roofs is being put forward as the aspirational goal.
At the same time, just days ago, Saskatchewan announced its Request For Proposals phase for its first 10 MW utility-scale solar farm is officially underway. A total of 34 companies qualified to submit formal bids (and someone handed me the list, in case you’re curious).
It is a moment of truth for solar in Western Canada. Just as much, it is a moment of truth for Canadians. Against perhaps all odds, a pro-renewable energy policy environment is flourishing in the old-school farming and oil & gas provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, jurisdictions with some of the best annual sunlight resources in North America. Now, will individuals and organizations step up, as well? Not only to invest in their own solar power generators, but to become educated and trained, start careers, businesses, and generally make a commitment to join the Solar Age?
The Solar Age is now WELL underway. Developments are cascading at literally light speed, from the poor but empowered African village to the opulent deserts of Abu Dhabi. A world powered by the Sun is actually in our reach within the next 20 years. In fact, the IEA (International Energy Agency) has for the first made the statement that indeed it is renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar, that will power the majority of the world’s energy needs as soon as 2050. So despite all odds, despite a dark agenda of fossil-fueled enslavement making a final, vampiric push through the US White House and Russia’s Kremlin, the force for positive, sustainable, and liberating changes in the energy sector are now potentially unstoppable.
Epic times people. Its yours if you want it.