Photovoltaic Potential and Solar Resource Maps of Canada
This web mapping application gives estimates of the electricity that can be generated by grid-connected photovoltaic systems without batteries (in kWh/kWp) and of the mean daily global insolation (in MJ/m2 and in kWh/m2) for any location in Canada on a 60 arc seconds ~2 km grid. They are presented for each month and for the entire year, for six different PV array orientations: a sun-tracking orientation and five fixed South-facing orientations with latitude, vertical (90°), horizontal (0°) and latitude ± 15° tilts. Data can also be obtained directly for individual municipalities from a list of over 3500 municipalities or downloaded for all municipalities at once.
These maps and datasets were developed by the Canadian Forest Service (Great Lakes Forestry Centre) in collaboration with the CanmetENERGY Photovoltaic systems group and the Federal Geospatial Platform. Insolation data were provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Web map application developed by Federal Geospatial Platform, 2020.
Pelland S., McKenney D. W., Poissant Y., Morris R., Lawrence K., Campbell K. and Papadopol P., 2006. The Development of Photovoltaic Resource Maps for Canada, In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada (SESCI) 2006.
McKenney D. W., Pelland S., Poissant Y., Morris R., Hutchinson M, Papadopol P., Lawrence K. and Campbell K., 2008. Spatial insolation models for photovoltaic energy in Canada, Solar Energy 82, pp. 1049–1061.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Natural Resources Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
Data and Resources
Cartography data (with ArcMap project file) - Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of Canada, File GeodatabaseFGDB/GDBEnglish French dataset FGDB/GDB
Municipality database - Mean daily global insolation (MJ/m²)CSVEnglish French dataset CSV
Municipality database - Mean daily global insolation (kWh/m²)CSVEnglish French dataset CSV
Municipality database - Photovoltaic potential (kWh/kWp)CSVEnglish French dataset CSV
Application data - Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of CanadaESRI RESTEnglish web_service ESRI REST
Application data - Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of CanadaESRI RESTFrench web_service ESRI REST
Application - Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of CanadaHTMLEnglish application HTML
Application - Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of CanadaHTMLFrench application HTML
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