20-Sep-2019- Regina, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Solar Industry in Limbo Due to Sudden Program Cancellation
SaskPower announced Thursday that the program has now reached the 16MW cap and will no longer be accepting applications until further notice.
After an unexpected announcement Wednesday night from SaskPower that the Net Metering program was nearing capacity, SaskPower announced Thursday that the program has now reached the 16MW cap and will no longer be accepting applications until further notice. The suspension of the Net Metering program has caught the industry by surprise.
“We were not even aware the program was nearing capacity until we received a call from the media requesting a comment to the SaskPower announcement yesterday,” said Josh Campbell, the President of Wascana Solar Co-operative. “Now the program has been suspended until spring 2020 at the earliest. This move effectively shuts down the solar industry overnight. It is unacceptable. People’s livelihoods are at stake as well as the future of many Saskatchewan-based businesses.”
“This is a devastating blow to our co-operative, our members, the Saskatchewan solar industry, the local economy, and our environment,” said Campbell. “It is our hope that SaskPower will re-consider its decision to suspend this program.”
About Wascana Solar Co-op
Wascana Solar Co-op is an innovative new cooperative the makes solar power more affordable and accessible for Saskatchewan residents by providing Group Buy opportunities, in which individual applications are combined into a bulk buy and solar vendors compete to win the bid, providing a cost saving to Group Buy members.
Wascana Solar Co-op also provides members with local solar projects to invest in and supplies area businesses and organizations with solar power. Neither of these programs will be able to proceed until SaskPower provides more information about the future of this program.