Government supports emission reduction projects in southern Nova Scotia

Communities in southern areas of the province to help fight climate change by reducing emissions are getting support from the government.

$205,000 in funding for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program was announced yesterday by Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette.

According to a press release, the Town of Bridgewater will receive $75,000 for research and development of new financing and ownership structures under its Community Energy Investment Plan.

The Alternative Resource Energy Authority will receive $75,000 for site design of solar gardens in three towns across the province, Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish.

The province says the energy authority is a partnership between the three towns, and its mandate incudes clean technology projects.

Additionally, the Western Regional Enterprise Network will receive $55,000 for engagement and planning to develop a regional energy investment plan.

The Department of Energy and Mines says Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jump-start projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity, while projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs.

11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000.