Energy Minister Michel Samson.
Energy Minister Michel Samson. Credit: The Chronicle Herald

In a move aimed at bringing more renewable resources to Nova Scotia, while targeting the goal of reducing emissions, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is investigating the viability of commercial solar power, according to a report by CBCnews.

The provincial Energy Minister Michel Samson, speaking to reporters on Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016, said that details of the findings, of a pilot project and invitations to participating groups will be available shortly.

Details of the pilot project indicate that the aim will be to test the commercial viability of solar energy in the province. Explore the cost and affordability pathways and how it fits in the current renewable energy mix in the state.

“Even without government, solar energy has been developing in this province, especially on the residential side where people have taken the initiative,” he told reporters. “Ratepayers have told us very clearly — Nova Scotians — that they want more options when it comes to energy, they want more green options, but they don’t want to pay more.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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  1. Nova Scotians — that they want more options when it comes to energy, they want more green options, but they don’t want to pay more.”

    There is merit to their wish list. Renewables on a residential application seems much more viable & attractive. The Grid sells the energy to the distributing Utility. They mark it up slightly and sell it to the consumer. The real deal is that the Utility in invested in the distribution side. They want folks to have affordable energy. The main thing for the Utility is that they get to bill the customer every month. Its call “Cash Flow” and it pays the bills & they get to keep the jobs. The Grid is now stretched. This is an opportunity for residential customers for Net Metering, MicroFit, TOU options, storage, etc. Residential customers should ask their Utility if there is can incentive for Energy Generation with Storage. Folks could store energy in a battery bank and use the stored energy during Peak TOU. Recharging in Off Peak hours. The Utility might find this a great boon. 1000’s of customers carrying the stored energy, reducing the Grid strain, Net Metering & savings lots. Besides if I was in Nova Scotia tonight I would perhaps be the only Light ON!….

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