February 27, 2006

Nova Scotia government helps commercial, domestic buyers harness solar energy

HALIFAX, NS-The Nova Scotia Department of Energy is offering a 10% rebate on commercial and domestic solar water heating systems to a maximum $5,000 of the installed cost. The rebate applies to purchases made between between October 12, 2005 and August 31, 2007. It covers only year-round solar heating systems installed in commercial businesses or households. Eligible systems include those used for space heating, year-round pool heating, and those used for domestic hot water in showers, dishwashers and clothes washers. "Hot water heating consumes the second largest amount of energy in most Nova Scotia homes," said acting Energy Minister Angus MacIsaac. "Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source that will help Nova Scotians reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create long-term energy savings," he added. More information, including applications, may be requested by calling 1-800-670-4636 or viewed on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/energy.

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