Solar Program Helping Community Organizations; Creating Green Jobs

Hospice 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 sell the power it generates to support its mission of providing compassionate, end-of-life care to Nova Scotians.

Dozens of other charitable organizations, Mi’kmaw bands, municipalities and academic institutions are also participating in the program.

On June 26, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, that the program has reopened to applications for the third and final year.

The province has created two new solar programs over the past two years; The SolarHomes Program and the Community Buildings Program.

Solar energy use in the Province has increased by approximately 300 per cent, while 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.

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