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More Clean Energy Coming to Northern Nova Scotia

first_imgCommunity groups in northern Nova Scotia are adding more clean, renewable solar energy to our electricity grid with support from the province. Finance Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Oct. 1, that five organizations in the region have been approved for the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. “This is a pivotal time in Nova Scotia’s push toward our cleaner energy future, and this program offers local groups the chance to participate in, and benefit from, our potential,” said Ms. Casey. “Together we are reducing emissions and building on Nova Scotia’s successes as a leader in fighting climate change.” The approved projects are: “Colchester has made a long-standing commitment to sustainability through its Sustainable Colchester – 2029, a plan that has guided many of council’s investments and initiatives,” said Mayor of Colchester County, Christine Blair. “The two projects will help us to fulfill these promises and lead our communities into the future by example.” This year, a total of 27 applications were selected from across the province. If all projects are completed, Nova Scotia will add 1,617 kilowatts of renewable electricity to the grid. That’s more than double last year’s total. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator. The average selling price this year for electricity generated through these projects is 25.4 cents per kilowatt hour. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the province’s rate stability plan. The program is for Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities, universities or community colleges in Nova Scotia. The program will be offered for one more year. For more information on the program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/solar . Cumberland County, Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 75 kilowatts Colchester County, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 75 kilowatts Colchester County, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, 75 kilowatts Plymouth Community and Recreation Association, Pictou County, 21 kilowatts Town of Amherst, Amherst Stadium, 75 kilowatts Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, Cumberland County, 25 kilowattslast_img read more