The Cleantech industry is a growing and emerging sector throughout Canada. Nova Scotia’s a wealth of natural resources and support for innovation make it an attractive destination for clean technology development and commercialization.
Clean technology opportunities
Successful businesses operating in this sector include Shaw Brick who uses CNG gas to power their brick kilns in Lantz, and who also partner with CarbonCure Technologies to manufacture products with recycled CO2. As well as ICI Biogas, who have been working with local farms to produce biogas on-site from agricultural biomass products.
Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a hub for energy storage, and a leader in battery research. The Province is home to North America’s leading lead-acid battery producer and Canada’s only remaining independent battery manufacturer. In East Hants, Nova Scotia Power has partnered with Tesla to examine battery technology, renewable energy, and microgrids. Tesla residential batteries have been installed in a number of homes around the community of Elmsdale and a grid-sized battery that receives electricity from a nearby wind farm is installed at the local substation. You can also find the first Tesla Super Charger Station in Nova Scotia, in the community of Enfield.
As a progressive and growing region, we are actively seeking to expand the wind energy sector. In 2014, Scotian Wind Inc. completed the Nine Mile River Community Wind Project, a 4.0 mega watt wind project at a site in the community of Renfrew in the Corridor Region.
With Natural Resources and agriculture being some of the largest sectors in East Hants, there is opportunity in agricultural biomass and woody biomass for bioproduct production and value added bioproducts. Eastern Embers, operated by Shaw Resources, is located in the community of Hardwoodlands. Eastern Embers sources softwood fibres from sawmills around Central Nova Scotia and focuses on creating high-quality, residential heating pellets.
Clean technology sector support
East Hants supports the cleantech sector by working with local businesses, advocating for business opportunities and providing connection to programs and supports.
Information on a program by the Government of Canada to help clean technology producers and adopters with supports and services to advance clean tech projects.
A program that provides an enhanced capital cost allowance on equipment purchases. The program allows businesses to immediately write off the cost of specified clean energy equipment as well as machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing and processing of goods.
Information on a program providing income-tax credits and refunds for expenditures on eligible R&D activity in Canada.
Learn more about funding to support innovation in Canada’s leading industries.
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