Solar Program Helping Community Organizations Creating Green Jobs

first_imgHospice Halifax is one of the first community organizations in Nova Scotia to install a solar electricity system under the province’s Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. When the non-profit starts producing clean, renewable energy from the 26 panels on its roof, it will be able to sell the power it generates to support its mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care to Nova Scotians. “As a not-for-profit organization, creating another revenue source and investing in long term savings are important to us,” said Gordon Neal, CEO, Hospice Halifax. “We often say, hospice is in community, for community, by community. By participating in this program, we’re also helping reduce Nova Scotia’s carbon footprint and supporting green jobs.” Dozens of other charitable organizations, Mi’kmaw bands, municipalities and academic institutions are also participating in the program. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced today, June 26, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette that the program has reopened to applications for the third and final year. “These projects strengthen our communities by supporting important organizations like Hospice Halifax, while creating green jobs across the province,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “Solar energy projects are just part of how government is protecting the environment and building on Nova Scotia’s position as a North American leader in fighting climate change.” Over the past two years, the province has created two new solar programs – the community buildings program and the SolarHomes program. Over the same time period, solar energy use in Nova Scotia has grown by about 300 per cent. “Nova Scotia is well positioned for strong growth in residential solar,” said Lyle Goldberg, policy and regulatory affairs manager, CanSIA. “Our recent study indicates that the province could see more than 1,100 jobs in the residential solar sector by 2030 creating a sustainable industry for the long term.” Community buildings projects can be up to 75 kilowatts. Applicants propose a price per kilowatt hour for the electricity they will generate. Successful organizations will enter into a 20-year agreement with their electric utility. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the rate stability plan. Clean Foundation independently evaluates submissions and selects the successful projects. The application period is from June 24 to August 9. For more information visit .last_img

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