The provincial government is not planning to kick in any more funding for the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Solar City project.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy confirmed on Monday that the province will not be providing more than the $1 million already committed to the project.
“The province is willing to, you know, help HRM identify ways to ensure that the program does move forward,” said Jackie Van Amburg. “And that includes low-interest loan financing options, helping them identify those types of loans.”
It does not include more money, however.
A staff report coming before council on Tuesday recommends HRM abandon Solar City, which would allow home owners to finance solar heating panels through an add-on to their property bill.
The report states that not only is the program outside HRM’s jurisdiction – suggesting it would be more appropriately handled by the provincially-run Efficiency Nova Scotia – but it would not be a commercially competitive option for residents.
Energy Minister Charlie Parker sent a letter to HRM Mayor Peter Kelly last Thursday, indicated he supported the project and would like to see it come to fruition.
Kelly has also indicated his support for the project, indicating regional council will decide Solar City’s fate, not senior staff.