The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia and the Eskasoni First Nation announced joint funding for the construction of a solar energy generation system for Eskasoni Cold Logistics.

Funding will support the development and installation of a 583 kilowatt ground mounted solar energy system on the company’s live lobster storage facility. The project will reduce overall energy demands, and in turn, lower energy costs for the facility. The community will use the cost savings to fund other important services for residents. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide training opportunities for community members in the installation and maintenance of solar energy systems.

“Reliable infrastructure is key to building stronger and healthier communities. We are proud to partner with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Eskasoni First Nation on this important renewable solar energy project that will create a healthier environment and benefit the community for years to come,” said Jaime Battiste, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and MP for Sydney-Victoria.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $128,610, while the Eskasoni First Nation is contributing $245,205.

“Eskasoni First Nation is committed to finding ways to grow our renewable energy sector and find sustainable solutions that are environmentally conscious,” said Leroy Denny, Chief of the Eskasoni First Nation. “We are moving towards green energy commercially and residentially and we are proud to do so. As Mi’kmaq, we are always keeping the future generations at the forefront of our decision making in an effort to ensure environmental stewardship.”

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