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Coverage of community solar since April 20, 2021.

Town of Antigonish applying for provincial, federal funding for $500,000 feasibility study

"...“And that is the submission I’m looking for approval tonight,” she said. “The project seeks to slow the rate of climate change by avoiding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or removing carbon from the atmosphere. ”..."


Nova Scotia's solar industry continues to soar at a record pace

"...“With electricity prices rising, people see solar as a way to mitigate increases,” said David Brushett, chair of Solar Nova Scotia. “Also, people care about the issues of climate change and see it as a way to take action to help reduce emissions. ”Another factor contributing to growth is the cost..."


How Local Governments Can Advance Community Solar for Low- and Moderate-Income Households

"...Community solar projects, which allow participating subscribers to receive credits on their utility bills, can be powerful forces for fighting both climate change and inequity. While helping local governments achieve their climate goals, they can provide significant benefits for low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, including lower bills and energy burdens for subscribers, tax benefits, jobs and access to solar for those who can’t install rooftop solar panels. But local governments in the U..."


Innovative Partnerships Are Bringing Community Solar to Low-income Neighborhoods in the US

"...Of course, the bulk of KyHFH’s work is building and rebuilding housing to ensure LMI Kentuckians have safe, affordable and energy-efficient places to live. KyHFH leverages its existing funding to build new homes that are highly efficient and rebuild homes with energy improvements. By taking the next step and pairing home performance measures and energy efficiency upgrades with gifted community solar shares, KyHFH is ensuring that LMI households can lower energy use and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible..."


How Community Solar Can Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

"...Community solar can offer financial advantages and flexibility for customers that onsite renewable energy projects may not be readily able to achieve. These advantages of community solar can enable low- and moderate-income customers to participate in solar energy projects where rooftop solar would otherwise be out of reach..."


Antigonish bridging inclusivity gap to access solar energy

"...ANTIGONISH: A community information session was held last week at the People’s Place Library to bring the Antigonish community up to speed on the status of the community solar garden project..."


Protecting the environment without harming rural regions Montreal Economic Institute

"...Montreal, September 2, 2021 – For many years, governments have been piling measure upon measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all in an effort to fight climate change. An Economic Note published today by the MEI analyzes the extent to which these public policies have a disproportionate impact on the country’s rural regions..."


ENMAX contributing $5M to install solar equipment on select community halls in Calgary

"...CALGARY — ENMAX Energy is contributing $5 million toward solar energy installations at community halls in Calgary..."


Antigonish one step closer to being Net-Zero with solar garden

"...“The community solar garden project will be a great addition to the Town of Antigonish’s green infrastructure, adding to its existing renewable energy sources and taking them one step closer to becoming Canada’s first net-zero community,” Central Nova MP Sean Fraser said in a release. “I am proud to be a part of this nation leading climate change initiative and look forward to continuing my support for a sustainable future in Antigonish and across Canada. ”..."


Nova Scotia lays out millions for new large scale community solar gardens

"...The community solar gardens will allow utility customers who may not have the ability or means to install solar panels on their personal property, to benefit from renewable solar energy..."


Amendments to Electricity Act aim to allow more partnerships on solar expansion

"...“Municipal participation in community solar is an excellent way for towns to generate new revenue and save money, at the least cost to ratepayers, as we transition to clean energy,” Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher said in the release..."


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"...By utilizing micro-Distributed Energy Resources (DER), such as solar PV, energy storage, renewable energy sources fossil-fueled generators and combined heat and power plants, microgrids can supply local electrical and heat loads in local areas in an economic and environment friendly way..."