More Solar Panels To Pop Up In Yarmouth County

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:48 AM

More solar energy will be generated for three municipal units in Yarmouth County.

The province announced today that the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program will be rolled out in the region.

Solar panels will be installed on several buildings to help generate more clean energy.

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

Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill says Nova Scotia is a national leader when it comes to emission reductions.

He says the province has already hit national targets, and are 13 years ahead of schedule.

"Having projects like this in place will bring more solar energy opportunities. It will allow us to have at least 40 percent of our energy production in this province based on renewable energy sources by 2020."

Neil MacKenzie, Chair of the Yarmouth Green Energy Committee was also on hand for the announcement.

He says this project will complement the two wind turbines in Wellington very well.

"Always a good thing to continue to explore opportunities for renewables in Nova Scotia. The province is leading the way in renewable energy. We are very rich in wind resource, and it's nice to see us enter into the solar market."

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