New premier promises ‘bold action’ as N.S. announces $19 million in green technology rebates

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WATCH: Nova Scotia's new premier, Iain Rankin, made his first announcement today and he used it to signal the importance of climate change to his government. The province is investing $19 million to support low-income families in making their homes more energy-efficient, and to help Nova Scotians buy electric vehicles. Alicia Draus has the story – Feb 24, 2021

Nova Scotia has announced a spate of new rebates aimed at getting green technology in the hands of the province’s residents.

Newly sworn-in Premier Iain Rankin announced the $19 million in funding at a press conference on Wednesday morning in Dartmouth.

“Bold action on climate change is a priority. We know it’s possible to have a cleaner economy that creates jobs, supports a healthy environment and benefits all Nova Scotians,” Rankin said.

“Electric vehicles, more comfortable homes, healthier communities and careers in renewable energy and efficiency will help our province and the planet.”

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Rankin has expressed a commitment to prioritizing climate change. One of his first acts was to rename the Department of Environment to the Department of Environment and Climate.

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Half of the $19 million — some $9.5 million — will be drawn from Nova Scotia’s Green Fund and will go into the pre-existing HomeWarming and Affordable Multi-Family Housing energy efficiency programs.

The province claims the move will help 1,200 low-income Nova Scotians make their homes more comfortable and energy-efficient.

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The other $9.5 million will go to rebates for new and used electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes.

Rebates will be $3,000 per new electric vehicles or hybrids, $2,000 for used electric vehicles or hybrids, and $500 for e-bikes.

The rebate will be in addition to the $5,000 federal rebate available for new electric vehicles.

Rankin’s new government isn’t done. The province says the Department of Energy and Mines will release a new Renewable Electricity Standard in March.

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Work will begin immediately to ensure new wind power is made available to those who want it.

The government says that by 2025 all electricity produced for provincial government officers will come from renewable energy projects.

“We’re putting a new focus on climate change in Nova Scotia,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving.

“I’m delighted to get to work on these important initiatives, which will help Nova Scotians and our environment.”

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