Have you seen the solar panels on the roof of the hospice residence? Hospice Halifax is pleased to be a part of the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. See the news release below issued June 26, 2019 from the Department of Energy and Mines, Government of Nova Scotia, to encourage program applications for the third and final year.

ENERGY/MINES–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 also help the organization continue to comfort many Nova Scotians.

“As a not-for-profit organization, creating another revenue source and investing in long term savings are important to us,” said Gordon Neal, CEO, Hospice Halifax. “We often say, hospice is ‘in community, for community, by community.’ By participating in this program, we’re also helping reduce Nova Scotia’s carbon footprint and supporting green jobs.”

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

Energy & Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced today, June 26th, that the program has re-opened to applications for the third and final year.

“These projects strengthen our communities by supporting important organizations like Hospice Halifax, while creating green jobs across the province,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Solar energy projects are just part of how government is protecting the environment and building on Nova Scotia’s position as a North American leader in fighting climate change.”

Over the past two years, the province has created two new solar programs – the community buildings program and the SolarHomes program. Over the same time period, solar energy use in Nova Scotia has grown by about 300 percent.

“Nova Scotia is well positioned for strong growth in residential solar,” said CanSIA Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager Lyle Goldberg. “Our recent study indicates that the province could see more than 1,100 jobs in the residential solar sector by 2030 creating a sustainable industry for the longer term.”

Community buildings projects can be up to 75 kilowatts. Applicants propose a price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the electricity they will generate. Successful organizations will enter into a 20-year agreement with their electric utility.

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 will be from June 24 to Friday August 9.  For more information visit: https://www.novascotia.ca/solar/

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FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program is

now accepting applications.

     Community organizations can reduce emissions by generating

electricity from solar panels and selling it to their utility.

     Now in its third and final year, the program is open to

Mi’kmaw bands, charitable organizations, municipalities and

academic institutions.

     Applications will be accepted until August 9th. For more

information, visit the Nova Scotia solar website.

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Media Contact:

Gary Andrea
Cell: 902-456-6196
Email: gary.andrea@novascotia.ca