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N.S. announces funding for joint municipal solar garden in South Shore

By Evan Taylor Jan 8, 2024 | 1:28 PM

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Low carbon initiatives are gaining momentum in Southwestern Nova Scotia, with the announcement of significant funding from the provincial government’s Low Carbon Communities program. Shelburne MLA Nolan Young revealed today that the District of Shelburne, the District of Argyle, the Town of Shelburne, and the Town of Lockeport have secured a $75,000 grant for a collaborative clean energy endeavor.

The focal point of this intermunicipal agreement is the development of a 5 MW Solar Garden, a project that underlines Nova Scotia’s commitment to a greener future. In addition to this, the Municipality of the District of Argyle is set to receive $56,250 to enlist a consulting firm’s expertise in conducting a fleet conversion study and formulating an infrastructure action plan for charging stations.

Colton LeBlanc, MLA for Argyle, emphasized the community’s dedication to a cleaner and more sustainable tomorrow, citing the support for these initiatives as a testament to that commitment. The funding awarded to Southwestern Nova Scotia is part of a broader provincial initiative, channeling $1.8 million in 2023-2024 towards 31 projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and advancing clean energy solutions.

The Low Carbon Communities program plays a pivotal role in supporting a diverse array of projects across the province. Ranging from feasibility studies for smart micro-grids to initiatives for net-zero affordable housing, these projects align with Nova Scotia’s ambitious climate change goals. The funding is a strategic investment in line with ‘Our Climate, Our Future: Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth,’ focusing on creating a sustainable future by reducing emissions, transitioning to clean energy, and enhancing community resilience against climate change.