Solar Sustaining Food For the Future
Across Nova Scotia solar panel installations are a more common sight these days, and with community “solar gardens” recently announced for Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay, there are more on the horizon. The Pugwash Farmers Market Association plans to bring an installation to the shores of the Northumberland Strait and is running a monthly 50/50 draw to help offset some of the cost. The planned installation should cover the electrical costs of not only the popular Saturday market but the nearby library as well. There is also potential to expand the project in the future to support other buildings in the village, bringing sustainable, renewable energy to the peaceful Village of Pugwash.
In July of 2021 the Canadian and Nova Scotian governments announced solar projects for several communities with demands for alternative energy sources growing louder. These projects, like the one proposed for a long south-facing roof of one of the Pugwash Farmers’ Market structures, can provide surplus power to their communities. Included in this proposal are plans to supply the electrical needs of the Pugwash Library, turning two of the village’s properties into net zero energy locations. This project will pay dividends for years to come.
Another side benefit is the increased use of sustainable energy. Solar and other renewable energies are growing around the world with installation costs lowering and production technology increasing annually. The power produced is clean and can be stored for future needs, while helping to reduce dependence on power generated through fossil fuels. With climate change effects striking coastal communities through increased soil erosion and rising sea levels, the time to be leaders in solar adoption is now. Pugwash is in a unique position on the Sunrise Trail to showcase solar adoption and provide a positive example to other communities. The iconic open air market buildings already attract thousands of visitors during the peak season; they could attract even more attention with a smart solar installation.
The Pugwash Farmers Market is a not-for-profit, membership-based co-operative. We have set-up a monthly 50/50 draw to support costs for this project and will accept direct donations as well. Please use the link below, to share with your friends and family, helping to support this worthwhile project.
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