More solar panels will be popping up in Antigonish and Parrsboro through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program, announced today, Nov. 10, by Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan.
“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.”
Through the solar program, the Town of Antigonish has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity. The town will sell its solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.
“The Town of Antigonish has already demonstrated its commitment to renewable energy through investments in wind generation,” said Mayor Laurie Boucher. “We’re excited to participate in our first solar project which will enable us to gather more knowledge and information to expand our solar options in the future.”
St. Francis Xavier University has been approved to add solar panels that can provide 18 kilowatts of power to the Physical Science Complex, and the Parrsboro Band Association is also approved for 35 kilowatts on its hall roof.
A total of 18 successful applications were chosen across the province. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the 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 two more years. To see a complete list of all successful applicants, or to learn more about the program, visit novascotia.ca/solar.