Electrical generating capacity
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Canada had 130.5 million kilowatts of electrical generating capacity in 2010, up 6.1% from 123.0 million kilowatts in 2006.
Most of Canada's electrical capacity in 2010 was from hydraulic- and thermal-powered turbines, which produced 75.1 million kilowatts (57.5%) and 51.4 million kilowatts (39.3%), respectively. Quebec accounted for 51.2% of Canada's hydraulic power in 2010, with a capacity of 38.4 million kilowatts. Ontario (25.5 million kilowatts) and Alberta (11.1 million kilowatts) provided most of Canada's thermal capacity; 47.0% of Ontario's thermal capacity was from nuclear steam turbines.
The largest growth in capacity from 2006 to 2010 occurred in tidal- and wind-powered turbines, up 440.5% and 170.2%, respectively. Nova Scotia was home to the only tidal power turbines in 2010, with 20,000 kilowatts of capacity. Ontario is home to 36.7% of Canada's wind turbine capacity, nearly 1.5 million kilowatts. Alberta generated 20.3%, or 805,700 kilowatts.
Solar-powered turbines accounted for 108,400 kilowatts in 2010, the first year solar power recorded a capacity.