Up to 22,000 Homes in Nova Scotia Expected to Install Solar Systems by 2030 Creating Over 1,000 Jobs
HALIFAX, NS, April 15, 2019 - Nova Scotia is on track to exceed the province's renewable electricity target of 40 per cent by 2020. With the phase-out of coal-fired electricity now federally mandated, the potential for solar and other clean energy technologies presents a significant economic and environmental opportunity for the province over the next decade.
The findings of a new study prepared on behalf of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), predicts a bright future ahead for Nova Scotia with respect to residential solar electricity generation. The study, funded through support of the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, forecasts potential solar installations of 22,000 homes for a total of 178 megawatts by 2030. This corresponds to 190 gigawatt hours in annual renewable electricity generating approximately 1.8 per cent of the province's total electricity consumption.
The study highlights the important role of incentives from Efficiency Nova Scotia's SolarHomes Program in accelerating uptake and continued support of residential solar in the short-term. This is critical to building a strong local solar industry and unleashing job creation and economic development opportunities in Nova Scotia.
"By 2020, 40 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity supply will be renewable as a result of the Maritime Link coming onside. Solar can play a critical role in assisting the province in achieving its coal to clean strategy," stated CanSIA Vice President Wes Johnston. "The study's projections of 1,170 solar jobs in the province by 2030 bodes well for a sustainable industry for the longer term and this number does not include commercial, industrial and institutional solar installations or the future areas of solar storage and electric vehicle charging which has additional potential."
"Nova Scotia is well positioned for strong growth in residential solar," remarked CanSIA's Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager Lyle Goldberg. "With the cost of solar dropping significantly, coupled with high electricity rates, it's no surprise we are seeing growing interest in solar, especially with the launch of the SolarHomes Program."
- Growth in Nova Scotia's residential solar market has taken off as a result of the SolarHomes Program launched in August 2018. The current program offers rebates for residential solar photovoltaic systems of $0.85 per watt up to a maximum of $8500 or 35% of eligible costs. The end of 2018 saw 530 systems installed totalling 3.4 megawatts, with an additional 200 systems (2 megawatts) ready to be deployed.
- The province has over 50 companies approved to install residential solar systems under the current program. In addition to installations, the study suggests that Nova Scotia has job creation opportunities in the areas of solar distribution, research and development (given the number of post secondary institutions) and recycling solar panels at their end-of-use life cycle.
- In July 2018, CanSIA hired a Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Nova Scotia based in Halifax. This position was created to grow the solar market across the province by working with the local solar industry, all three orders of government, utilities and other key stakeholders.
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