Canadian Clean Energy Conferences

Canadian Clean Energy Conferences

September 13, 2012 09:00 ET

Renewable Energy Project Leaders Prepare to Meet in Halifax

New Opportunities for Wind and Solar in Atlantic Canada Top the Agenda

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - Renewable energy project leaders and suppliers are preparing to meet in Halifax on September 24-25 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% renewables by 2015 and 40% by 2020. To date, Nova Scotia has approved a 43 renewable energy projects totalling 200 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 focuses on key developments for renewables across the Maritimes with input from New Brunswick and PEI 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," says Adrienne Baker, Director of Canadian Clean Energy Conferences which organizes the forum. "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.

For more information, please visit the event web site www.nsfit2012.com.

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