Five new solar projects announced in the Cumberland region

Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Karen Casey announced approval from the Solar for Community Buildings Program for three new projects in Cumberland and two in Amherst. The Solar for Community Buildings Program enables eligible community groups and organizations to generate solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity on their roofs or properties and sell it to their utility under a 20-year contract.


The Municipality of Cumberland will install sets of solar panels on two wastewater treatment plants in Parrsboro (75kW) and Springhill (75kW), and one water treatment plant in Springhill (75kW).

“The Municipality of Cumberland has the goal of being the greenest municipality in the province and to be an example of sustainable planning worldwide,” said Deputy Warden Joe Van Vulpen. “Over the last few years we’ve been fortunate to be included in this program for the Dr. Carson Marion Murray Community Centre, and for other buildings such as the Band Hall in Parrsboro and the FORCE Visitor Centre in West Bay. It is imperative that we as a municipality work towards reducing our carbon footprint to combat the effects which humans have had on our climate.”

The Municipality of Cumberland, through the Cumberland Energy Authority supports numerous green energy initiatives within its borders.

“We are seeing some world-leading energy innovation projects right here in Cumberland, such as the harnessing of the Fundy tides at FORCE, and our own Geothermal Business Park right here in Springhill. We see a bright and innovative future ahead and we’re truly excited,” said Van Vulpen.

The Town of Amherst will use the funding for a 48-kilowatt project at the Amherst Fire Station and a 48-kilowatt project at the Amherst Police Department.

“The Town of Amherst is a strong believer in a greener future,” Amherst CAO Greg Herrett said, on behalf of Mayor David Kogon. “That is why we are extremely pleased the province has awarded the town additional opportunities to produce renewable energy under the Solar for Community Buildings Program.

“Last year, we were awarded a 75-kilowatt project that will see solar panels erected on the Amherst Stadium roof in 2020. This year, we’ve been awarded two 48-kilowatt projects that will see solar panels placed on the roofs of the town’s fire station and police department by the fall of 2021.”

Herrett noted Amherst town council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and is about to release a report that will set out the Town of Amherst’s commitment to ensure the town is a good steward of the environment.

“The projects announced today, and the other community energy initiatives the town is taking part in, will help Amherst shift to the clean energy economy while helping to address climate change,” Herrett said. “The Town of Amherst wishes to thank the province and the Department of Energy and Mines for their leadership and for giving the Town of Amherst the opportunity to move forward towards a greener future.”

In previous years, the following buildings in the region have been approved for solar installations through this program:
• Amherst Stadium – 75kW (Town of Amherst)
• Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre – 75kW (Municipality of Cumberland)
• FORCE Visitor Centre – 25kW (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy)
• Parrsboro Band Hall – 30kW (Parrsboro Band Association)

Representatives from the two municipalities gathered in Springhill for the announcement.

Solar Announcement Nov 8 2019 

In the photo are the following people: L-RMinister Karen Casey, Finance and Treasury Board Deputy Warden Joe van Vulpen, Municipality of Cumberland  Chief Administrative Officer, Greg Herrett, Town of Amherst