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N.S. to fund farm energy audit pilot

Development of an energy audit system for Nova Scotia farms by the provincial ag federation will get some funding from the province’s EcoTrust fund.

The EcoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change will put up $37,000 for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to create an auditing system that can be customized to help individual farm operations calculate their levels of energy use and come up with ways to cut emissions.

“This funding will help farmers manage one of their fastest growing input costs, energy, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions,” NFSA CEO Laurence Nason said in a provincial news release Monday.

Ten farms will be audited initially and “feasible energy conservation options” will then be identified, the province said. This project by itself is expected to cut 120 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions per year and also cut down on air pollutants through reduced use of electricity and heating oil.

Other projects to be supported in this round of EcoTrust funding include Parrsboro Metal Fabricators/Kerr Heating Products, for development of an energy-efficient boiler fueled by wood pellets, with up to $156,612 in funding, and an energy-efficient addition for a new curling rink at Windsor, N.S., including a heat recovery component for the rink’s icemaking plant, with up to $149,060 in funding.

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