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Solar Program Helping More Community Organizations

Press Release

November 4, 2019

Nova Scotia has set some of the most ambitious goals in North America for reducing emissions. A government program that helps community organizations add solar energy to their buildings will help the province continue to lead the fight against climate change.

This year, there are 26 successful applicants to the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. These non-profit organizations can now add solar electricity systems to their buildings and sell the energy generated to their local electricity utility under a 20-year contract.

“Across the province, we are building a strong, green economy that creates jobs and benefits everyone,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This program helps strengthen local organizations as we work towards some of the most ambitious climate change goals North America.”

Community buildings projects can generate up to 75 kilowatts of electricity. Applicants propose a price per kilowatt hour. Clean Foundation independently evaluates submissions and selects the successful projects.

Quotes:

Munro Academy has always made environmental stewardship a priority. Support from the province through the Solar Community Buildings Program allows us to move forward on the path of clean energy and help us direct funds back to where it belongs – in the classroom. Scott Milligan, board chair, Munro Academy, Sydney Mines, Solar for Community Buildings recipient

This program has been instrumental in our company expanding and creating new jobs in Cape Breton. Through this project we hope to demonstrate that government and private industry are working together on the front lines of climate change, and we are pleased that young people will see real progress and clean energy at their school. David Angot, president, Doctor Solar

Quick Facts:

  • 71 projects totalling 3.8 megawatts of electricity have been approved over the past three years
  • solar energy use in Nova Scotia has grown by about 300 per cent over the past two years
  • just over a year ago, there were 13 approved solar installers in the province. Today, there are 57 businesses and hundreds of new jobs

Additional Resources:

Program website and list of recipients: https://novascotia.ca/solar/solar-electricity-community-buildings.asp

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Media Contact:

Toby Koffman
Cell: 902-483-5847 Email: [email protected]

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