Solar energy's vital contribution to meeting climate change goals
The Government of Nova Scotia Canada today announced a welcome commitment to support the long-term sustainability of the solar industry in this province.
“The Government of Nova Scotia has shown real leadership in standing up for the rights of solar net-metering customers, recognizing the important contribution of solar to achieving the province’s climate change goals,” said Nicholas Gall, CanREA’s Director of Distributed Energy Resources. “We and our partners at Solar Nova Scotia look forward to engaging with our members and policy-makers on a long-term solution to protect net-metering.”
The solar industry supports hundreds of jobs throughout Nova Scotia, primarily in rural communities, and last year contributed approximately $30 million in private-sector investment to the province’s economy while helping to reduce the province’s GHG emissions by nearly 250,000 tonnes.
The proposed “system access charge,” of $8 per kilowatt per month, would have cost the average residential customer with rooftop solar panels nearly $1,000 per year, and would have doubled the pay-back period for rooftop solar panels, from its current ten-to-12 years to more than 20 years.
“Nova Scotia’s solar industry is a great success story. It will play an important role in helping to achieve the provincial target of 80% renewable electricity by 2030,” said Jean Habel, Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “By committing to legislative or regulatory change, the Government of Nova Scotia is taking an important step to support the long-term sustainability of the solar industry, one that will enable Nova Scotians to confidently invest in low-cost, non-emitting solar generation.”
From Ottawa, February 2022