The Government of Nova Scotia is investing $19 million in support of low-income families to make their homes more energy-efficient, comfortable and to help Nova Scotians buy clean and reliable electric vehicles. The Government is moving towards a new renewable energy standard, with a goal of 80 per cent of Nova Scotia’s energy coming from renewable resources by 2030.
Premier Iain Rankin stated, “bold action on climate change is priority…its possible to have a cleaner economy that creates jobs, supports a healthy environment and benefits all Nova Scotians.” Rankin said this will be done through using more electric vehicles, supporting careers in renewable energy and efficiency and having comfortable homes.
Half of the $19 million supported by the Green Fund will go towards the HomeWarming and the Affordable Multi-Family Housing energy efficiency programs These programs help more than 1,200 low-income Nova Scotians to make their homes energy efficient and protect their budgets. The other half of the $19 million will be invested into a rebate program. With nearly 500 electric vehicles and more than 100 charging station in Nova Scotia, this program is specifically designed for electric vehicles, e-bikes and plug-in hybrids. In addition to the $5,000 federal rebate for new electric vehicles, the Nova Scotia government will offer rebates up to $3,000 per new vehicle, $2,000 for used vehicles and $500 for e-bikes.
Nova Scotia is teaming up with the federal government to buy energy from local renewable sources. The provincial government has set out three goals for renewable energy sources. First, to have all electricity for provincial government offices provided from renewable energy. Second, reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions and lastly, to create new jobs. The government is planning to achieve these goals by 2025 and without impacting Nova Scotian’s electricity bills.
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