Dead­line loom­ing for wood pel­let ap­pli­ance re­bate

Ap­ply for 25 per cent re­im­burse­ment be­fore March 18

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Home­own­ers in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a re­bate un­der the Res­i­den­tial Wood Pel­let Ap­pli­ance Re­bate Pro­gram have un­til March 18 to do so.

That’s the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions for the pro­gram, which pro­vides a 25 per cent re­im­burse­ment to those who pur­chase and in­stall a wood pel­let ap­pli­ance.

“ The re­bate pro­gram has been well re­ceived by res­i­dents who have pur­chased a wood pel­let ap­pli­ance, and has sup­ported our goal of cre­at­ing a de­mand for lo­cally-pro­duced wood pel­lets,” said Shawn Skinne r, m i n i s t e r o f Nat­u­ral Re­sources and min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Forestry and Agri­foods Agency.

The min­is­ter is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents who have or are con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing or in­stalling an ap­pli­ance to get their ap­pli­ca­tions in be­fore the dead­line.

The pro­gram was in­tro­duced in 2008 as an ini­tia­tive un­der the For­est In­dus­try Diver­si­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram to help diver­sify the in­dus­try and iden­tify new mar­kets. Since that tim e, 481 re­bates at an av­er­age of $ 581 each have been is­sued to qual­i­fy­ing home­own­ers.

Two com­pa­nies, Ex­ploits Pel­letiz­ing Inc., a divi­sion of Blan­chard’s Cabi­net Doors in Bishop’s Falls, and Cot­tles Is­land Lum­ber Co. in Sum­mer­ford are cur­rently man­u­fac­tur­ing pel­lets.

A third pel­let plant is be­ing built in Rod­dick­ton on the North­ern Penin­sula. Hol­son For­est Prod­ucts ex­pects to open the plant this spring and have wood pel­lets avail­able later this year.

Some $500,000 was bud­geted in the 2010 pro­vin­cial bud­get to con­tinue the re­bate pro­gram.

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