Smart Grid Nova Scotia
Investing in Our Future. Every Day.
Nova Scotia’s energy future holds exciting possibilities — more wind and solar generation, battery storage, electric vehicles, and even more opportunities to bring renewable energy to the grid. Globally, the electrical grids that have served us over the past century are evolving through new technology into “smart grids.” Smart grids offer a future in which individual pieces of the electrical system — including “smart devices” in customers’ homes and businesses — can communicate with one another, so that the entire electrical system works together to use energy more efficiently. This means lower overall costs for customers and a cleaner environment.
About the Pilot
As we continue to lead North America in reducing carbon emissions, we need innovative solutions to add more renewables and new energy solutions to our grid. In Nova Scotia, we plan to build and connect:
- a 2 MW community solar garden
- 3 commercial deployments of rooftop solar and battery storage
- Up to 150 distributed batteries
- Up to 120 smart EV chargers
These devices will be centrally connected by a new control software system that will allow us to monitor their performance, and test control capabilities that can optimize how they work to benefit all customers. Some of the benefits we will be testing include:
- Ways to make solar power more accessible.
- Optimizing energy storage on the grid.
- The ability for distributed batteries to provide benefits like reliability, demand management and on-site renewable integration.
- Testing how battery storage can allow us to bring more renewables to the grid.
- Enabling electric vehicle smart-charging - testing coordinated charging and vehicle-to-grid/home technology
This represents a very important step in accommodating the inclusion of new energy technologies and understanding their benefits while maintaining reliability and affordability for customers.
The project is supported by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and the Province of Nova Scotia.
Smart Grid Nova Scotia Programs
EV Smart Charging Pilot Program
Participants in Smart Grid Nova Scotia benefit their home and entire power system.
Read more about the EV charging pilot
Battery Storage Pilot Program
Investing in new technology is key to modernizing our power grid, helping to keep rates stable, and growing our use of renewables. To better learn how home batteries can be a part of this solution, we invited eligible Nova Scotians to purchase and install a new home battery system at a reduced cost.
Community Solar Garden Pilot
Through our community solar garden, you can have access to clean energy—without needing to install solar panels. We’re learning how community solar can contribute to a greener Nova Scotia—and inviting eligible Nova Scotians to join our program and be part of the solution.
More about our efforts to date
Wind and Battery: Intelligent Feeder Pilot
In the community of Elmsdale, Nova Scotia Power is working with customers and industry leaders to examine how battery technology and microgrids can help us better serve our customers.
Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network
Nova Scotia Power's fast-charging network connects Nova Scotia end-to-end so EV drivers can travel through the province with ease. This a significant step toward achieving a lower carbon future.