first_imgOTTAWA — Installing solar panels already makes sense for most homeowners in Saskatchewan and Ontario but the National Energy Board says the abundance of cheap hydroelectricity in Quebec and Manitoba means solar power may never make much economic sense in those provinces.In Canada, long, dark winters means its unlikely solar will ever become the sole source of electricity anywhere.“The country cannot run solely on solar panels in the future,” said NEB chief economist Jean-Denis Charlebois.The NEB today is releasing a study of the costs of solar compared to current electricity prices. It has an online site where Canadians can plug in their city name and find out whether there is an economic case for solar for them now or in the future.There are 20,000 communities across every province and territory included in the study that looked at both capacity to produce solar based on hours of sunlight, as well as the cost.The main finding of the study is that no matter the amount of sunlight, the only places where installing and running solar panels is already cheaper than paying for power from the electricity grids are the places where power rates are already really high. That is in Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and most places in Ontario.In provinces where power is still pretty cheap — mainly Manitoba and Quebec — the NEB says solar can sometimes cost more than twice as much as traditional power sources.In Saskatchewan, for example, where electricity costs are among the highest in the country, the break-even price for solar is already 93 per cent of the current average cost of power for homeowners. But next door in Manitoba, where hydro costs are among the lowest in the country, the solar price for homeowners is 176 per cent of the current cost of electricity. In Quebec it’s 223 per cent.Ontario’s time-of-day electricity rates make the cost of solar about 95 per cent of the average cost to buy power from the grid.Charlebois said the average cost for a 5 kilowatt solar installation is about $16,000 and that price is predicted to go down as much as 30 per cent in the next five or 10 years.The price to buy power from the grid is going up about two per cent a year. Between those increases and rebate programs for solar installations available in some provinces, over the next decade solar will start to beat the power grid price in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia, the NEB predicts.The price for power in Manitoba and Quebec is still so low that even once the cost of solar drops significantly, it is not expected to become competitive.The B.C. coast and the eastern edge of Newfoundland are among the worst places to generate solar power because they don’t get a lot of sunshine. The territories have higher costs to install solar because of the remoteness of most communities, but the high cost of power, often generated by diesel, makes solar significantly cheaper in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.Long term, even homeowners that use solar will need access to power grids for some of their power because the sun isn’t always shining and batteries can only store power for between four and 10 hours.The case for solar for businesses is slightly different because of differing power rates. Businesses in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Ontario may already find it cheaper to add solar panels than continue to buy power only from the grid. The NEB says rebate programs in Saskatchewan and Alberta will make solar more economical than traditional power over the next few years.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgTHE U20s end of season revival continued against yet more opposition higher placed in the table with this fine 34-10 victory over a typically competitive FC side, writes Graham Henthorne.Bolstered by the returning Gary Wheeler the Reserves looked to be in control from the off and could have scored on their first two sets. Josh Jones’ weaving run in and out down the right ended with him being stopped short of the line and some sparkling interplay down the left between Wheeler, Matty Ashurst and Scott Hale deserved more.The Saints finally opened their account as Dan Brotherton scored the first of his three for the afternoon. Jones again did the damage down the right but Ben Karalius’ cross kick on the last was fumbled by the defence giving Brotherton the easiest of scores.The lead could and should have been doubled from the kick off but the overlap was squandered.Crucially the Saints ball control started to slip and with it the visitors grew in confidence taking the lead with two well taken tries.From the kick off the restart was allowed to bounce into touch and the Saints made the visitors pay. Karalius’s grubber on the last was knocked back by Wheeler as it threatened to run dead and was pounced on by Ashurst for the go ahead score.Despite opening the second half with no completions in the first seven sets the Reserves still managed to bomb two good opportunities as first Scott Hale’s break came to nothing and then Tommy Johnson knocked on over the line.But as the Saints held onto the ball so the tries came.Dan Brotherton won the battle of the speedsters as Reece Lyne missed the high bomb it was gathered by Brotherton who beat two then stretched his legs to go 95 metres for the scoreA quick tap on the FC line gave Ant Walker a stroll in and the game was well and truly up when Alex Trumper finished a great handling move involving Ashurst, Nathan Ashe, Karalius and Aaron Lloyd.The last word was Brotherton’s hat-trick score in the corner after a good drive on his debut from 6 foot 7 inch Irishman Aaron McCluskey who got better and more menacing to the opposition as the game went on.For a moment in the second half the Reserves of earlier in the year would have buckled under their own pressure but this time, as last week, they battled through the bad times and came good. The hard defensive work put in by Assistant Coaches Glyn Walsh and Mick Oxley with all the players has shown itself in the past couple of weeks making the Saints a harder side to beat.Walker, Carl Forster and the robot that is Jordan Hand laid the platform for Ashurst and Wheeler to weave their magic.Oh, if only those injuries hadn’t wiped out most of the season!!Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Dan Brotherton 3, Anthony Walker, Matty Ashurst, Alex Trumper.Goals: Tommy Johnson 5.Hull FC:Tries: Tom Lineham, Chris Green.Goals: James Newton.Half Time: 12-10Full Time: 34-10Teams:Saints:1. Tommy Johnson; 2. Simon Atherton, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Gary Wheeler, 5. Dan Brotherton; 6. Nathan Ashe, 7. Ben Karalius; 8. Carl Forster, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Matty Ashurst. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Alex Trumper, 16. Aaron McCluskey, 17. Jordan Hand.Hull FC:1. Danny Swales; 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Nev Morrison, 4. Shane Simpson, 5. Reece Lyne; 6. Luke Briscoe, 7. Lee Williams; 8. Josh Bowden, 9. James Newton, 10. Jack Aldous, 14. Laurence Pearce, 12. Alec Norris, 13. Chris Green. Subs: 11. Reece Lazenby, 15. Austin Bell, 16. Crawford Matthews, 17. Chad McGlane.last_img read more

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