There is a good blog post on how laughable it was to suggest that Canada could rely solely on wind, water and sunlight to meet our future energy needs by 2050.
I plan to just talk about the number of facilities necessary to do this. The blue # is the necessary count. The red at the end is the # needed to be built by 2050.
- Onshore wind: 34,993 – 5 MW units ( 2240 units currently installed) – ~33,000
- Offshore wind: 27,242 – 5 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 27,242
- Solar PV plant: 1690 – 50 MW facilities (currently 13 similar facilities) 1677
- Solar CSP plants 450 – 100 MW facilities (currently 1 in operation) 449
- Solar CSP plants for storage 275 – 100 MW facilities 275
- Hydroelectric: Uses currently built facilities with efficiency gains
- Wave energy: 26,227 – 0.75 MW installations (currently no unit in Canada) 26,227
- Residential rooftop solar: 12,992,080 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~ 12,750,000
- Commercial/govt rooftop solar: 1,383,183 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~1,360,00
- Geothermal: 50 – 100 MW facilities (currently no such facility in Canada) 50
- Tidal turbine: 2000 – 1 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 2000
“Lets look at the offshore wind platforms. As one of the two southern coasts, British Columbia would be responsible for close to half of the 27, 242 offshore units needed to achieve our national 100% WWS goal. As of today, we have zero offshore wind facilities. “
This is laughable. Canada can’t even build a pipeline to carry oil from Alberta to tidewater in many years.
Imagine the regulatory approval … the lawsuits … the lack of skilled trades.
Its a joke.
But do read the blog post for more info.