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Renewable energy project leaders to meet in Halifax

Nova Scotia Feed-in Tariff Forum will outline new project opportunities for wind, solar in Maritimes

HALIFAX—Renewable energy project leaders and suppliers are preparing to meet in Halifax in late September at the second annual Nova Scotia Feed-in Tariff Forum.

The forum will outline new project opportunities for wind and solar across Atlantic Canada and offer renewable energy decision-makers the opportunity to network and learn about key policy developments.

The forum was created in response to Nova Scotia’s ambitious renewable energy targets, calling for 25 per cent renewables in the province by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.

To date, Nova Scotia has approved 43 renewable energy projects totalling 200-megawatts (MW) under its Community Feed-in Tariff and recently completed Request for Proposal.

The owners of 39 of these projects, the majority of which are large wind, will join other leading developers, CEOs, suppliers, grid experts and government representatives at this year’s forum.

Along with gaining insight into the next steps for renewables in Nova Scotia, this year’s forum will focus on key developments for renewables across the Maritimes, with input from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island policy experts.

“Developers want to understand what the real opportunities are for more projects in the Maritimes and the forum addresses this critical question in a number of ways by looking at policy, transmission and finance,” forum organizer Canadian Clean Energy Conferences director Adrienne Baker said in a statement.

“It also focuses on the challenges and realities for wind projects that will get off the ground this fall in Nova Scotia and the longer-term outlook for building an export market to New England.”

Delegates will also have the opportunity to gain critical insight into the potential for solar PV in Nova Scotia.

The province’s Department of Energy will discuss its process for considering a program for solar PV and attendees will participate in an interactive dialogue on how to drive solar forward in the region.

This interactive think tank session is being sponsored by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the key outcomes of the discussion will be published in a position paper shortly following the forum.

The forum is scheduled to run Sept. 24-25 at Pier 21 in Halifax.

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