Ottawa-based Spectrafy lands federal contract for national solar sensor network


An Ottawa-based startup’s technology will power a network of climate and solar measurement systems across Canada after receiving a contract with the federal government.

Spectrafy Inc., a five-person firm launched in 2012, develops sensors that measure the sun’s spectrum and other atmospheric activity such as greenhouse gas emission levels and solar radiation.

Selected for nearly $675,000 in funding through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, Spectrafy will provide its sensors across a Canada-wide network of seven measurement stations. Real-time data received through these stations will help to determine the country’s solar resource potential and the state of its climate.

According to a release from the federal government, the completed system will be the world’s first national solar spectral network.

"To realize Canada's potential as a global leader in innovation it's essential to support the continued growth of emerging companies. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the government is helping companies like Spectrafy move their products from the lab to the marketplace – which enables them to grow while addressing global challenges like climate change,” said Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in a statement.

Earlier this year, Spectrafy received the Green Award from Ottawa’s revamped Bootstrap Awards.

The Build in Canada Innovation Program hopes to bring startup innovations to market by providing them with a sizeable first customer in the form of the federal government. This past July, Ottawa’s inBay Technologies secured a contract to provide its “passworldess” solution to Shared Services.