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Canada: Total Collector Sales Drop by 29%

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 20, 2012

After the really good year of 2010, the Canadian solar thermal industry was facing a difficult market situation in 2011. According to the annual Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada 2011, the total sold collector area decreased by 29%, dropping from 252,146 m² in 2010 to 179,971 m² in 2011. Air collector sales (purple line) decreased by almost two-thirds of the 2008 level. The sectors of solar swimming pool collectors (blue line) and water-based systems (red line) recorded a downward trend as well.
Source: NRCan

Canada: Solar Air Heating is strongest Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 10, 2011

 Canadian Solar Thermal Market 20102010 was a good year for the solar thermal industry in Canada. The total newly installed collector area (brown line) grew by 54 %, from 129,418 to 199,491 m2. Air collector sales (red line) doubled and - for the first - overtook the solar swimming pool market (blue line), which is more or less stagnating. With 150 %, the segment of glazed solar water collectors (pink line) experienced the highest growth, although the 20,000 m2 sold in 2010 make it still a low-level market.
Source: NRCan

Canada: District Heating with 90 % Solar Fraction

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 24, 2011

 Drake Landing Solar Community As Bruce Sibbitt, Engineer at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), announced during his presentation at the Solar World Congress in Kassel, Germany, in September, the solar district heating system at the Drake Landing Solar Community has - in its fourth year in operation - almost reached the planned solar fraction of 90 %. In addition to borehole heat storage of 34,000 m3, the system is equipped with two short-term storage tanks, which have a capacity of 120 m3 of water each.
Photo: Natural Resources Canada

Canada: Long-term Subsidy Programme ecoEnergy halted

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 7, 2011

The prospects for the Canadian solar thermal sector are becoming cloudy. “The final day for the receipt of requests for payment under the ecoEnergy for Renewable heat programme was 31 January 2011,” Al Clark, Senior Advisor & Manager for the ecoEnergy for Renewable Heat programme at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), confirmed. The final results of the four-year programme will not be available before March 2010.

Canada: New Standards for Solar Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 21, 2010

 Yoursolarhome Air collectors” Canada overhauls its standards for solar collectors: The Public Review Draft of the new F378 Series has currently been posted to the CSA Public Review website. Comments can be submitted until 29 January 2011. The F378 Series includes liquid based collectors, as well as all types of solar air collectors.
Photo: Yoursolarhome

Canada: Ups and Downs in different Application Areas

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2010

 Market survey NRCan Canada After experiencing high growth in 2008, Canada’s solar thermal industry had to cope with mixed results in 2009. The Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada (2009), conducted by Natural Resources Canada in the period from December 2009 to March 2010, shows that only the manufacturers of air collectors were able to increase their sold collector area. The chart illustrates how domestic solar collector sales in Canada have developed over the past 10 years.
Source: Natural Resources Canada

Canada: Best Efficiency Scores for new perforated Glazed Air Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 4, 2010

 Christian Vachon” It looks quite simple, this perforated, transparent plastic cover Christian Vachon, President of Enerconcept Technologies, is holding in his hands. The above-shown cover, however, achieved the best performance factor ever reached in the collector ranking of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Photo: Stephanie Banse

Canada: Retrofit Programme Ends Earlier than Expected

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2010

“Effective by 1 April 2010, the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes Program is no longer accepting bookings for pre-retrofit evaluations” – it was this statement by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), which surprised the entire solar heating and cooling sector in Canada. The residential rebate programme had initially been intended to run over a period of four years and was expected to have sufficient funds to accept all applications until the end of March 2011.

New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 27, 2009

Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners - has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD). The rebate for the solar thermal system of an individual family rose from CAD 500 to CAD 1,250.


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