We know wind, solar and battery storage are all key to increasing our renewable energy sources and will play a big part of our future. We need to ensure we have a steady energy source here in Nova Scotia for when wind and solar are not available or can’t meet the peak needs of the system. And we also need to address battery storage and how that will be structured because it will play a critical role in the reliability of the system.
Solar is a part of our future. We just launched our utility’s first community solar garden in Amherst. Once it’s up and running it will produce about 2700 MWh of electricity a year – enough to power about 240 homes. This pilot project will give us a better understanding of the benefits for both customers and the grid and help form future decisions. You can learn more about this at: nspower.ca/communitysolar.