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Solar/Wind

Solar Energy

Solar energy is a renewable resource that is free, environmentally friendly and readily available. Solar powered electricity generation uses either photovoltaic or concentrated solar power. Solar energy can be used in many ways – to provide heat, lighting, mechanical power and electricity. A partial list of other solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, day lighting, solar hot water, solar cooking and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.

Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy.

Solar PV panels require little maintenance, do not pollute and operate silently, making photovoltaic energy a very clean and safe method of power generation. The cells are semiconductor devices, usually made of silicon, which contain no liquids, corrosive chemicals or moving parts.

Currently three types of eligible solar PV technologies that can be used in the OPA sponsored FIT Program for the purposes of meeting domestic content requirements:


Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

Wind Energy

Modern utility-scale wind turbines range from around 600 kW to 5 MW of rated power, although turbines with rated output of 1.5–3 MW have become the most common for commercial use; the power available from the wind is a function of the cube of the wind speed, so as wind speed increases, power output increases dramatically up to the maximum output for the particular turbine. Areas where winds are stronger and more constant, such as offshore and high altitude sites, are preferred locations for wind farms. Typical capacity factors are 20-40%, with values at the upper end of the range in particularly favourable sites.

Globally, the long-term technical potential of wind energy is believed to be five times total current global energy production, or 40 times current electricity demand. This could require wind turbines to be installed over large areas, particularly in areas of higher wind resources. Offshore resources experience average wind speeds of ~90% greater than that of land, so offshore resources could contribute substantially more energy.

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