The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced funding for the construction of three new solar farms in the towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay.
The project consists of building three solar farms, also known as solar gardens, in the Towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay, which will produce approximately 10GWh of clean, on-peak energy within the towns’ distribution zones with enough energy to power 1,000 homes per year.
Once completed, the project will benefit the communities by increasing and diversifying the use of renewable energy, providing equitable access to this energy and producing 50% of their own electricity needs from clean sources.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $8.9 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing more than $7.4 million, while the municipalities are collectively contributing more than $5.9 million.
“Green energy projects like these solar gardens in Mahone Bay, Antigonish, and Berwick, are good for our communities in so many ways,” stated Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and MP for South Shore-St. Margarets.
“This is an important milestone for Mahone Bay and means residents can equitably participate in and benefit from utility-sized solar systems,” added Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and MLA for Lunenburg.
“The community solar garden will reduce emissions and help keep rates affordable for our citizens and businesses,” said Berwick Mahyor Don Clarke. “This project builds on our success with AREA of affordably transitioning to renewable energy. Once complete, this project will push our share of municipally owned renewable energy to over 60 precent from wind, hydro and solar.”
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