The Low Carbon Communities program in Nova Scotia is funding 31 clean energy projects over the next year with the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions across the province.
The program has invested more than $4.9 million to support 86 community-led projects since 2018. This latest round will contribute over $1.8 million.
One grant recipient, Nova Scotia Community College, will study the potential for energy sustainability and reduced greenhouse gas emissions at Akoma Holdings, a non-profit organization that supports affordable housing, education and economic development in Preston.
The Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia will use funding to work on its Yarmouth net-zero affordable housing building plan.
Bear River First Nation, will use its funding for a smart micro-grid and electric vehicle feasibility study.
The funding program can be used for clean energy feasibility studies, designs, strategies and planning, education, engagement and initiatives that demonstrate positive and innovative low carbon solutions. The program is open to municipalities, Mi’kmaw communities and organizations, post-secondary institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations.
“Nova Scotia has ambitious climate change goals, and communities across the province are rising to the challenge to help us meet them,” said Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables Tory Rushton. “Our investments support innovative local projects that will help move the climate change needle in the right direction.”