Canadian govt to invest USD 7.1m in Nova Scotia solar gardens

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July 9 (Renewables Now) - The government of Canada has pledged to invest CAD 8.9 million (USD 7.1m/EUR 6m) in the construction of three solar gardens in the province of Nova Scotia, it was announced on Thursday.

The photovoltaic (PV) plants will be installed in the towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay. Collectively, they will be able to generate roughly 10 GWh of electricity annually when operating at peak capacity. Their output, estimated to be enough to cover the consumption of around 1,000 homes per year, will enable the communities to meet 50% of their electricity requirements with clean power.

The Town of Antigonish will become home to a 2.1-MW solar facility, the construction of which will be supported from a CAD-2.2-million portion of the federal financing.

The government funding will be distributed through Infrastructure Canada, the federal department responsible for public infrastructure in the country. Separately, the government of Nova Scotia will invest over CAD 7.4 million, while the three municipalities will make a total contribution of CAD 5.9 million.

(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.798/EUR 0.675)

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