The Cleantech industry is a growing and emerging sector throughout Canada, and represents both an important consideration and opportunity for businesses in East Hants.
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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.
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. In 1995, Eastern Embers was created in Hardwoodlands. This facility sources softwood fibres from sawmills in Central Nova Scotia and then use them to create high-quality, residential heating pellets. ICI Biogas and Windmill Holsteins are currently working on supplying small volume users with locally produced natural gas
The Bay of Fundy is known for the highest tides in the world, moving over 100 billion tonnes of water every tide. Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy is located in the Bay of Fundy: the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
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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