Antigonish seeks government funding for solar garden
The Nova Scotia town of Antigonish is asking the provincial and federal governments to provide the lion’s share of funding to construct a $5 million, two-megawatt solar garden. The town says the project will help reduce the community’s carbon footprint.
The aim is to have the project completed sometime next summer, depending on government participation. The town is asking the other two levels of government to provide 73 per cent of funding for the solar project.
The town is seeking Nova Scotia government money through the Low Carbon Communities Funding Program and federal funds through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
A marketing campaign, with details of investment opportunities for ratepayers, is expected to be launched later this summer.
Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay are the only towns in Nova Scotia with their own electrical utilities. Together they have formed the Alternative Resource Energy Authority and jointly invested in a 23.5-megawatt wind farm near Ellershouse, Hants County.