On November 10, the provincial government announced solar energy funding.

HALIFAX: Strait area communities were among those receiving funding under a new provincial solar energy program.

Last Friday, the province announced that more solar panels will be popping up in We’koqma’q through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program.

Mi’kmaw communities are a net exporter of clean renewable electricity, generating more energy than their communities use. We’koqma’q First Nation Band Council will sell their solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

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Also receiving funding through the program were the Town of Antigonish and StFX University.

“Antigonish is fortunate to have community organizations like the Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative and municipalities like the Town of Antigonish that are dedicated to making Nova Scotia more energy secure,” said Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey.

“Today’s announcement is about building on that success and helping more groups in communities across the province participate in a cleaner energy future.”

Through the solar program, the Town of Antigonish has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity. The town will sell its solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

“The Town of Antigonish has already demonstrated its commitment to renewable energy through investments in wind generation,” said Mayor Laurie Boucher. “We’re excited to participate in our first solar project which will enable us to gather more knowledge and information to expand our solar options in the future.”

StFX University has been approved to add solar panels that can provide 18 kilowatts of power to the Physical Science Complex.

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 program is for Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit 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, or to learn more about the program, visit: novascotia.ca/solar.