Government Supports Emission Reduction Projects in Southern Nova Scotia

On May 10, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, Justice Minister Mark Furey announced $205,000 of funding for climate change initiatives. The funding will go towards three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program, designed to support southern Nova Scotian communities emission reduction programs.  

“Nova Scotia communities are already leading at climate change planning,” said Mr. Furey. “We want to support them at various stages of this work and increase uptake and awareness of programs that help reduce emissions.”

Low Carbon Communities is a program designed to help eligible groups jump-start projects. It works by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity for climate change fighting projects. Groups eligible for funding can received grants of up to $75,000 , up to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs.

These projects will focus on promoting efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other ways to help communities, and the Nova Scotians who live in them, save money on clean energy costs.

One of the towns receiving support will be Bridgewater, which is being granted $75,000 to support researching and developing new financing and ownership structures as part of its Community Energy Investment Plan.

“We know we need to do everything we can, not only to lift our people out of energy poverty but to ensure there is a planet for our children and grandchildren to live on,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “Our plan ensures we will continue to move forward toward a sustainable future.

Another group, the Alternative Resource Energy Authority, is also receiving $75,000. This money is being used for the site design of solar gardens in Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish. A partnership between the three towns, the energy authorities mandate is to support clean technology projects.

Lastly, Western Regional Enterprise Network is receiving $55,000, which will be used for engagement and planning to develop a regional energy investment plan. This initiative will help future green energy projects receive the support they need, at a lower cost to future generations.

In total this year, 11 projects across the province are receiving $700,000 from the program, which has supported Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities across Nova Scotia in their fight against climate change.