Solar for Community Buildings Pilot Program
Nova Scotia is leading the country in greenhouse gas reductions and is on its way to a cleaner energy future. Innovation and the addition of more diverse forms of renewable energy to our energy mix is an essential part of continuing to make this shift.
In the province’s 2015 Electricity Plan: Our Electricity Future, we committed to introducing a new solar energy program. This program would help us learn more about how solar electricity can help Nova Scotia move to a clean electricity system in a cost-effective way; while encouraging and enabling community participation in renewable energy generation.
The Solar for Community Buildings Pilot Program is designed to allow participation by Municipalities, Mi’kmaq Bands, Academic Institutions and Non-profits in the installation of solar panels for electricity generation on, and around, suitable buildings.
In early 2016, consultation with eligible partners took place. It informed the development of the proposed pilot program and its regulations.
About the Program
The Solar for Community Buildings Pilot Program aims to:
- enable communities to participate in Nova Scotia’s transition to a cleaner energy future
- help identify the role for Solar Electricity in the Province’s electricity system
- contribute to the conversation and education surrounding solar power in Nova Scotia
A third-party administrator will receive proposals from qualified groups and select those proposals that present the lowest cost per unit of energy.
Selected participants will be entitled to a 20-year power purchase agreement with their utility, at the price they propose.
More program details will be made available in early 2017.
Enhanced Net Metering
Find out how you can get paid to produce solar energy to power your home or business through Enhanced Net Metering.
Some municipalities have programs to assist residents in installing solar equipment. Talk to your municipality for more information.