Canada’s Nova Scotia launches program for community solar

The launch of the program was announced on Nov.10, by Nova Scotia’s Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey on behalf of the Ministry of Energy. The pilot program will be initially tested in the areas of Antigonish and Parrsboro.

“Nova Scotia is a national leader in reducing emissions and addressing climate change,” said Mr. Delorey. “Antigonish is fortunate to have community organizations like the Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative and municipalities like the Town of Antigonish that are dedicated to making Nova Scotia more energy secure. Today’s announcement is about building on that success and helping more groups in communities across the province participate in a cleaner energy future.”

Under the 2-year program, the local government has so far granted approval for a 50 kW solar project that will be developed by the town of Antigonish, which it will then sell power to the local power utility. Overall, 18 successful applications were chosen throughout Nova Scotia.

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 to generate their own electricity that they can sell back to the grid.

This comes after the largest residential Nova Scotia project to date having been announced in July earlier this year after Kentville-based company Nova Solar Capital launched Solar Scotia Energy, a Solar Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) to help finance the installation of solar panels on more than 100 homes, offering a specific funding model that ensures growing retirement savings and reaping the benefits of tax incentives.