Solar Market Outlook in Canada
The forecast is bright for the future of the solar energy sector in Canada. In particular, the year 2020 was a promising one for the Canadian solar energy market and it has built a solid foundation for more solar growth in 2021.
The Canadian Renewable Energy Association released a statement citing that the renewable energy market in Canada – not just solar – saw significant expansion in 2020 and it is looking to build on that momentum for 2021 moving forward. This was impressive considering the challenges that faced them in 2020 given the pandemic. For 2020, the total solar capacity reached 2,000 MW, giving Canada sufficient energy storage.
The consistent growth in the solar market is fueled by the increased corporate demand and the policies put in place by the government. Even with the disruptions of 2020, Canada was able to generate 70 MW of solar PV capacity. The three levels of government in Canada will work together to reduce carbon emissions and to facilitate growth in solar PV capacity.
Wind and solar combine to form the largest share in Canada’s renewable energy sector in terms of power generation.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Canada
Canada is one of the leaders in the manufacture of solar equipment. However, there are more available global and online suppliers to cope with the demand for solar components and accessories.
Top Major Seaports & Logistics in Canada
There are more than 500 seaport facilities in Canada. However, the major seaports serving trade and logistics activity include
- Port of Vancouver,
- Port of Halifax,
- Port of Montreal,
- Port of Prince Rupert,
- Port of St. John.
What is a Microinverter?
A Microinverter or a Solar micro-inverter is an extremely small device used to convert DC to AC. These inverters are so small that they are used as plug-and-play. Microinverters work remotely with every panel. This is advantageous in case of panel failure or power surge.
These inverters work on every power output from the panels and if there are inconsistencies rectification can be done without hindering the performance of all the other panels.
Where are Microinverters used?
Microinverters find their application in Solar Roofs for domestic use. These microinverters monitor the performance of every panel and convert DC to AC. A micro inverter is best used with small Solar roofs with limited spaces.
Microinverters help the Solar system to overcome difficulties like shading, dust, sunlight blocking, and many more difficulties.
Advantages of Microinverter
The biggest advantage of the Solar Microinverter is the compact size. For high power output, bulky inverters are required, but to convert a very small level of DC from panels requires small compact Microinverters.
- Microinverters are connected to the arrays and panels to get the maximum performance from the system.
- Maintenance is easy simple replacement and connection of plug and play devices.
- Can be used with apps and network
- Each panel output can be monitored throughout the day
- The performance of the adjacent panels is not affected due to the malfunction of one panel.
How does a Microinverter work?
Microinverters are manufactured to operate in the range 190 and 220 W. Micro Inverter converter DC to AC at the panel level. Microinverters are preferred over string inverters and can have a warranty of up 15 to 25 years.
What are some major brands of Microinverter?
Emphasis is the leading brand of Solar Micro Inverters. Some of the other big brand names are:
- SolarBridge Technologies/SunPower
- Advanced Energy Industries
- Petra Systems
- Chilicon Power