Yarmouth County Announces Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program

Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2017 08:09 AM

Yarmouth County will soon see more solar panels on buildings.

Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill announced the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program has been approved for the three municipal units.

The Town of Yarmouth has been approved to generate up to 50 kilowatts of solar electricity, while the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, and the Municipality of the District of Argyle each received two approvals of 100 kilowatts and 75 kilowatts respectively.

Neil MacKenzie, Chair of the Yarmouth Green Energy Committee, says this project will complement the two wind turbines in Wellington very well.

"It's always a good thing to be continuing to explore opportunities for renewables in Nova Scotia," he says.

"[The Province] is leading the way right now with renewables - for example, we're really rich in wind-resource and it's nice to see us entering into the Solar Market."

The councils will sell their solar generated electricty back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

A total of 18 successful applications were chosen across the province.

The program will reopen it's applications in 2018 and 2019.