ANTIGONISH: Antigonish Town Council is waiting to hear back from the province’s Utility and Review Board (UARB) in relation to an effort to keep things green for homeowners.

Some members of the Antigonish Community Energy (ACE) Co-operative have purchased equipment for net-metering, which allows consumers who generate their own electricity and store it for use anytime, instead of having to use it when it’s generated.

The Antigonish Community Energy Co-operative is focused on the promotion of solar energy by enabling residents, organizations and businesses within Antigonish and the surrounding area to take greater control of their energy security.

“Right now, they don’t have a way to hook up their solar in the Town of Antigonish,” said Deputy Mayor William Cormier. “We have to apply to the Utility and Review Board for a rate; they grant the rate. We’re in the process of doing that now. ACE would like us to speed it up, but a lot of that is out of our control.

“We have the request in, so let’s see if that’s a positive. If everybody’s happy, let’s put the solar panels on the roofs.”

On the whole, Cormier says net-metering is a great program.

“Council is strongly behind this,” he said. “It promotes conservation and forward thinking.”