Nova Scotia buildings to feed solar power to grid under new program

115 solar panels will generate 50 kilowatts of electricity from the university library roof.

HALIFAX — Universities, municipalities and Mi’kmaq communities will generate electricity for local grids under a new Nova Scotia solar energy program.

Among 18 initial participants is Halifax’s Atlantic School of Theology, which has signed a 20-year deal to sell its solar power.

Up to 50 kilowatts of electricity will be generated by 115 solar panels on the roof of the university’s library.

Dave Angot of Doctor Solar, the company installing the panels, says the project could net the school revenue of at least $10,000 annually.

Energy Department official Peter Craig says the idea of the program is to cover the cost of installing the panels.

Craig says the two-year pilot project aims to learn more about the production capacity for solar energy in Nova Scotia – which currently gets less than one per cent of its power from solar.

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