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How Nova Scotia, Canada is becoming a global player in green energy

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

By: Suzanne Fraser

This conversation has been coming for a long time. The world is grappling with the challenges of climate change and seeking green energy solutions at a rapid pace.

Located on Canada’s East Coast, Nova Scotia has a unique opportunity in this space. The province has made significant strides in transitioning towards renewable energy sources, setting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the share of renewable energy in its overall energy mix.

Initiatives such as the Green Hydrogen Action Plan and the Climate Change Plan outline clear pathways for achieving these goals.

Wind Power One of the key contributors to Nova Scotia's green energy portfolio is wind power. The province boasts some of the best wind resources in Canada, making it an ideal location for wind energy projects. Over the past decade, onshore projects like the South Canoe Wind Farm and the Sable Wind Farm have been instrumental in boosting Nova Scotia's renewable energy capacity.

Nova Scotia is now carving out a path to lead offshore wind and clean hydrogen production with several proposed projects in development. We are home to one of the world’s most competitive untapped offshore wind resources, with ample capacity to serve both local and hydrogen export markets. The Scotian Shelf has a large technical potential for offshore wind: 127 Gigawatts (GW) fixed bottom and 667 GW floating. The total technical potential for Nova Scotia is even higher, including portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Looking ahead Nova Scotia's future in green energy is promising and full of potential. Through my work with partners across the province, I see several factors that contribute to this optimistic outlook.

Advancements in technology: Ongoing advancements in renewable energy technologies, such as improved solar panels, more efficient wind turbines, and energy storage solutions will drive down costs and enhance the reliability of green energy sources.

Government commitment: Nova Scotia's government continues to prioritize clean energy initiatives through policies, incentives, and collaboration with industry stakeholders. Continued support will further accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies across the province.

Job creation and economic growth: The renewable energy sector not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also stimulates economic growth by creating jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and research related to green technologies.

An engaged industry: Companies across Nova Scotia are globally recognized for their products and services related to green energy. These companies have already set the stage in areas including solar technology and battery technology.

Spun out of Dr. Jeff Dahn’s lab at Dalhousie University, NOVONIX is a leading battery materials and technology company providing advanced, high-performance materials, equipment, and services for the global lithium-ion battery industry, including Tesla.

Rayleigh Solar Tech develops a flexible, lightweight and scalable perovskite solar film that will support a clean transition to renewable energy. Produced at far lower temperatures than traditional silicon solar technologies, Rayleigh Solar Tech can be applied in places where solar has never been practical before.

A green journey well underway Nova Scotia's journey towards a greener and more sustainable energy future is well underway, fueled by innovation, collaboration, and a shared commitment to environmental stewardship. As renewable energy technologies evolve and become more accessible, Nova Scotia stands poised to continue leading the charge towards a low-carbon economy, benefiting both present and future generations.

By harnessing the power of nature responsibly, Nova Scotia is not just preserving its natural beauty but also paving the way for a cleaner, brighter tomorrow.

If you’re a company in this industry looking for partnerships, business expansion or supply chain opportunities, I’d love to connect. I will be attending Smart Energy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Canadian Hydrogen Convention in Edmonton, Alberta, or you can connect with me directly here.