Manitoba Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions

Energy Solutions Visual Story

Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions


Energy Solutions Visual Story

Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions


Commercial and Solar Power

On this page, we’ll discuss Commercial and Rooftop Solar Power, one of the 5 action areas identified in the Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions.

Solar power is an intermittent source of renewable energy from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that only provides power during the daytime, and thus must be used in combination with energy storage and other renewable energies to provide a reliable, consistent supply of power. After installation, solar power generates virtually no greenhouse gases or other pollution.

Solar is a mature technology. Large-scale solar energy projects have existed for decades around the world. Solar technology has improved immensely in recent years, and the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically.

Manitoba has the 3rd best solar resource in Canada, but still makes up less than 2% of our overall electricity generation. Adding solar energy capacity will help replace fossil fuel use and protect Manitoba Hydro from the impacts of drought.

Ground-mounted commercial solar facilities can range in size from 1 MW to 500 MW or larger and generate significant amounts of energy. These facilities require large amounts of land, but can be built on parking lots above cars, or on farms above shade-loving plants or grazing animals, which is also known as agrivoltaics.

Solar PV panels can also be mounted on the rooftops of buildings. Although this method requires no additional land use, there are increased installation and maintenance costs and extra care must be taken to optimize the location and orientation of the panels to avoid shaded areas.


Technical Analysis

Peak (MW)
Energy (GWh/yr)
% of Target (Power)
% of Target (Energy)
Rooftop Solar
Ground Mounted Arrays

Details and Assumptions

  1. A proposed total amount of 4,000 MW for ground-mounted commercial solar arrays for the provinces. The land required is about 28,000 acres (or 11,300 hectares or about 25% of Winnipeg’s size).
  2. A proposed total amount of 1,600 MW for rooftop solar. This requires solar panels to be installed on approximately 50% of all buildings in Manitoba.
  3. The estimated amount of energy generated per MW of installed solar is 1.62 GWh.
  4. A firm capacity factor at 13% of installed capacity has been assumed.


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Your Feedback

The Climate Action Team (CAT) wants to hear your feedback and ideas! We invite you to engage in the dialogue here

Manitoba’s Road to Resilience

Manitoba’s Road to Resilience is intended to define a set of recommendations for consideration by, and to stimulate a dialog among, concerned and informed Manitobans. The intention is that elected representatives, civil servants, and public policymakers will develop implementation plans to achieve the recommendations.


The public needs to support the pathway & demand its implementation


Professionals & civil servants need to detail and implement the pathway

Policy Makers

Elected officials need to set policy and regulation to support the pathway

Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions

Road to Resilience: Community Pathway