More clean en­ergy on the way, prov­ince an­nounces

Three Yarmouth-area mu­nic­i­pal units are part of so­lar elec­tric­ity pi­lot pro­gram

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Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood chats with Yarmouth MLA and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Zach Churchill and An­drew MacKen­zie, T & D su­per­vi­sor with Nova Sco­tia Power for Yarmouth, Bar­ring­ton and Shel­burne. The three were at the Yarmouth fire hall Nov. 10 for Churchill’s an­nounce­ment of a provin­cial pro­gram for so­lar elec­tric­ity.

More so­lar pan­els will be pop­ping up across south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia through the So­lar Elec­tric­ity for Com­mu­nity Build­ings Pi­lot Pro­gram an­nounced by Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood Min­is­ter Zach Churchill on be­half of En­ergy Min­is­ter Ge­off MacLel­lan.

The Town of Yarmouth has been ap­proved to gen­er­ate up to 50 kilo­watts of so­lar elec­tric­ity. The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yarmouth and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle re­ceived ap­provals of 100 kilo­watts and 75 kilo­watts, re­spec­tively.

The groups will sell their so­largen­er­ated elec­tric­ity back to their util­ity through a 20-year power pur­chase agree­ment.

“As we move to a cleaner en­ergy fu­ture, we all have an im­por­tant part to play,” Churchill said. “This is about more com­mu­nity groups in Yarmouth and Ar­gyle par­tic­i­pat­ing in clean elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, ad­vanc­ing the so­lar in­dus­try and learn­ing about how so­lar fits into our en­ergy mix.”

Churchill made the an­nounce­ment Nov. 10 at the fire hall in Yarmouth, where Mayor Pam Mood was among those wel­com­ing the ini­tia­tive.

“The Town of Yarmouth knows that the best results come when we col­lab­o­rate, as mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” Mayor Mood said. “This project was iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity for coun­cil and we are look­ing for­ward to the next steps in this ex­cit­ing project. Yarmouth is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­ity and this project is about sup­port­ing a sus­tain­able and green fu­ture.”

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 govern­ment says.

The pro­gram is for Mi’kmaw com­mu­ni­ties, reg­is­tered non­profit 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, and to learn more about the pro­gram, visit no­vas­co­tia.ca/ so­lar.

Zach Churchill

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