Solar Photovoltaic Energy in Buildings

 ecoTerra House

In Canada, Photovoltaic (PV) technology has become a favoured form of renewable energy technology due to a number of social and economic factors, including the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, deregulation, and the restructuring of electric power sector.

The rapid growth in the deployment of solar energy in recent years indicates that the photovoltaic technology is quickly gaining ground in Canada. CanmetENERGY promotes and facilitates the use of photovoltaic systems in buildings, by carrying out research and demonstration projects, serving on international standards committees and developing information and training tools. Projects include:

CanmetENERGY also actively contributes its expertise to innovative partnerships with the main players in the field. Most research projects are carried out on a cost-sharing basis with industry, universities, research groups, quasi-public agencies and other departments or governments.

CanmetENERGY is responsible for the scientific aspects of work on photovoltaic energy for Natural Resources Canada. For general information on solar energy technologies and applications, as well as on how solar panels work, consult the RETScreen International Website .

Managed by CanmetENERGY at the Varennes (Quebec) research centre.