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Natural Resources Canada

February 27, 2011 12:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Clean Energy Project in Nova Scotia

DIGBY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2011) - Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West Nova, today announced up to $9.2 million over ten years from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program for the Digby Neck Wind Farm. This funding is part of a series of investments announced across the country totalling up to $63.8 million to support renewable and clean energy projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support high-quality jobs.

"Investing in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of a domestic clean energy industry, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians," said MP Kerr.

The project consists of 20 wind turbines capable of generating up to 30 megawatts of emissions-free electricity. It will produce approximately 99 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

"New wind farms are generating clean electricity and providing economic opportunities in Nova Scotia," said Robin McAdam, Executive Vice-President of Sustainability, Nova Scotia Power. "Nova Scotia Power is committed to replacing fossil fuel generation with renewable sources; ecoENERGY is helping to lower the cost of that change to customers."

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested more than $10 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment through investments in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.

The Government has developed a broad suite of policies and programs to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 — a target aligned with that of the United States.

"Moving forward aggressively with investments in clean energy technologies will help us balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment," said MP Kerr.

Today's announcement builds on the success of many initiatives that are helping to sustain and enhance Canada's clean energy industry.

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MP Greg Kerr announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $9.2 million in the Digby Neck Wind Farm in Nova Scotia. The funding, made through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, will help boost Canada's clean energy industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Investing in Canada's Clean Energy Technology

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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