14 Nova Scotia Communities Approved for Community Feed-in Tariff Program
Fourteen communities from across Nova Scotia were approved by the Province for Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects.
The approvals, granted since March 30, are:
- Municipality of the District of Guysborough
- Fundy Tidal Inc.
- Wind4All Communities
- Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Project
- Colchester-Cumberland Windfield
- Watts Wind
- Scotian Wind Inc.
- Affinity Renewables
- Municipality of the District of Shelburne
- Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn.
Next steps for applicants include securing financing, completing a grid-impact study and obtaining the required federal and provincial environmental assessments and approvals.
The Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) concept was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices and create jobs. The program began accepting applications in September 2011.
Almost 100 locally based proposals have been received from more than 20 community groups for this unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to encourage community participation in renewable energy projects.
The Community Feed-in Tariff allows eligible groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September.
Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups.
The COMFIT program will help the province reach its renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program.
For more information on the program visit Renewable Electricity in Nova Scotia.