Update September 23rd – Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said on Monday he is hopeful an alternative solar program will be in place by the end of October. CBC News Article
Update September 21st: The rally was a success with approximately 50+ people attending along with Ralph Goodale and both CTV and Global News. Our CFO Tim Schulhauser was in attendance to be interviewed.
The announcement this morning (September 19th, 2019) that has effectively closed the doors on the solar industry in Saskatchewan comes with great shock and disappointment to businesses across the province. Saskatchewan is now the only jurisdiction in North America that does not allow customers to connect to the grid and net meter or net bill.
While the industry and potential customers can understand that the budget for rebates has been fully subscribed, the ending of net billing was not expected. The Saskpower program, while limiting customers to small systems less than 100kW system size, created an industry with 50-100 companies offering installation services with 500+ jobs created.
“This is not the time to be losing jobs in the province nor is time to be limiting clean renewable energy on the Saskatchewan grid. Solar is part of Saskatchewan’s energy resource, just like oil, gas, and uranium, in fact, Saskatchewan has the best solar resource in Canada,” says CEO and Founder of SkyFire Energy David Kelly.
The 16Megawatts of solar projects have created over $40M in economic development in the province. There has been $2.5 Trillion USD invested in solar around the world in the last decade and solar is outpacing all other new generation sources worldwide. This move means Saskatchewan will be left out of this growing industry and a new economic engine that could benefit the province.
Given this announcement, SkyFire Energy is pivoting its open house event to rally any and all industry professionals, competitors, solar system owners, or would-be owners to help save what appears to be an endangered industry. The event is Saturday, September 21st and will run from 11 am – 2 pm at their Regina office – 1021 Park St, Regina, SK S4N 5H4. All are welcome to attend