The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will spend $500,000 to identify alternative energy sources for residents of isolated diesel communities in Labrador.

The initiative includes an alternative energy study and an energy efficiency community pilot project. The two projects will be carried out by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and will be completed by the end of 2009.

In announcing the investments, Minister of Natural Resources Kathy Dunderdale said the initiatives will “provide valuable information that can be used in communities all along the Labrador coast.”

The alternative energy study is being conducted in seven coastal Labrador communities and will determine the potential for alternative energy sources to complement existing diesel generation systems, including solar, wind and mini-hydroelectric facility developments. The pilot project will explore conservation and efficiency opportunities and will be conducted in two coastal Labrador communities – one in northern and one in southern Labrador.

“By providing consumers with the tools necessary to reduce their energy consumption, we can help them lower their energy costs,” Jim Haynes, Hydro’s Vice-President of Regulated Operations, said.

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