Government Releases COMFIT Final Report
November 6, 2015
Government released the results of its review on the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program today, Nov. 6.
“The COMFIT program exceeded expectations in terms of both community investment and renewable energy generation, but was beginning to impact power rates,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “This report outlines the findings of the department’s review and what led to the decision to end COMFIT in August.”
Since August, the department has issued 49 decisions on new applications and project extensions. In total, the minister approved eight requests for extension and one new application. A further 37 applications and three extension requests were not approved, representing more than 100 megawatts of electricity.
The approved application is for a 50 kilowatt small wind project led by the Municipality of the District of Digby.
A full list of projects can be found at http://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/programs-and-projects/comfit.
Since the launch of COMFIT, more than 121 project approvals have been issued, representing about 220 megawatts of capacity. By the end of this year, Nova Scotia will have more than 125 megawatts of community-generated renewable energy as part of its electricity supply.
COMFIT was established in 2010 with a goal of bringing 100 megawatts of renewable electricity to the grid. The program was designed to encourage the development of local renewable energy projects by municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, not-for-profit groups and others.
To read the full review report, visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/COMFIT%20Review.pdf.
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