Saskatchewan has considerable potential to move forward with renewable energy development. One of the sunniest places in the world, it is ideal for solar power. High wind speeds suitable for power production are found in southwest Saskatchewan. Large amounts of agricultural and forestry wastes favour the development of biomass energy production.
About one third of electrical power in Saskatchewan already comes from renewable sources. SaskPower, our electrical utility, produces a total of 3000 MW of power. Some 853 MW is from 5 hydro stations. Although hydropower is renewable, large-scale hydro typically has significant negative ecological impacts.
Wind power is often considered a more environmentally friendly option. By the end of 2015, SaskPower will have 172 MW of wind power capacity. This is about 5-6% of Saskatchewan's electrical power capacity and enough power for 73,000 homes.