Elkford identified as potential solar industry “hotspot”

Elkford, B.C. ranks number five on a National Resources Canada study of potential solar facility spots.

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A scenic view of mountains.

The Elk Valley community of Elkford could be a potential spot for a solar facility according to a National Resources Canada ranking. — Photo courtesy KPI Media

On the heels of Kimberley’s successful launch of the SunMine initiative could the Elk Valley community of Elkford be another up and coming solar hotspot?

According to a study conducted by the Federal government, Natural Resources Canada ranks Elkford number five on a list of the top thirteen in terms of yearly PV potential for south-facing PV panels with the ideal latitude tilt.

A map of Canada showing the hotspots in the country.

A map of Canada showing the top thirteen communities in Canada that could potentially be ideal for a solar facility. — Photo courtesy Natural Resources Canada

The Photovoltaic (PV) municipal rankings in terms of yearly PV potential (for south-facing PV panels with latitude tilt) was prepared by Natural Resources Canada.

According to Natural Resources Canada these are the 13 "PV hotspots" across Canada in terms of yearly PV potential (kWh/kW) for south-facing PV panels with latitude tilt:

1. Regway SK, 1384
2. Wild Horse AB, 1373
3. Waskada MB, 1370
4. Rainy River ON, 1265
5. Elkford BC, 1236
6. Quyon QC, 1208
7. Chatham NB, 1168
8. Chesterfield Inlet NU, 1158
9. Miminegash PE, 1136
10. Fort Smith NT, 1126
11. Amherst NS, 1125
12. Wabush NF, 1074
13. Burwash Landing YT, 1056

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