June 28 (Renewables Now) - The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia this week announced a programme that will help Nova Scotia residents fit their homes with solar panels.
The SolarHomes programme will provide rebates of up to 30% off the costs to buy and install rooftop solar systems and is expected to assists at least 2,000 Nova Scotian households in going solar over the next four years. Participants in the programme will lower their energy costs by an average of CAD 1,300 (USD 975/EUR 649) per year, according to the announcement. The average rebate will be CAD 7,000 per household.
The SolarHomes programme is supported by the government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund, through which Nova Scotia is eligible to receive CAD 56 million for programmes that promote clean growth and reduce carbon pollution.
Nova Scotia firm Thermo Dynamics is looking to expand its solar manufacturing and installation business as a result of the programme. Its general manager Paul Sajko said in a statement by the Nova Scotia province that the company will start producing solar electricity equipment, in addition to its solar thermal operations.
The programme was launched by Member of Parliament Darren Fisher, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and Nova Scotia's Minister of the Public Service Commission Tony Ince, on behalf of Nova Scotia's Minister of Energy Geoff MacLellan.
(CAD 1 = USD 0.649/EUR 0.750)