Halifax, Canada — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 01 August 2011 – Renewable energy experts from across the globe will gather in Halifax on September 21st and 22nd for the Nova Scotia Feed-in Tariff Forum to discuss exciting new market opportunities opening up under Nova Scotia’s renewable electricity plan.
The province is aiming to be a leader in renewable energy by committing to generate 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 from a current level of 13%.
The two-day conference will bring together developers, First Nations leaders, community power experts and scheme administrators to explore the opportunities and challenges under the new Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) and Competitive Bidding programmes. Administrators heading the COMFIT and Competitive Bidding programmes will provide essential updates on these schemes.
COMFIT combines local ownership with a traditional feed-in tariff market design, offering fixed rates for big wind (projects greater than 50 kW), small wind, bio-mass, tidal and hydro technologies.
The new competitive bidding process for medium to large projects will have a renewable electricity administrator to oversee the request for proposal process.
Together these programmes open up exciting opportunities for renewable energy developers and suppliers to participate in the greening of this Atlantic province.
Along with informing attendees on these new renewable energy procurement strategies, the forum will offer unparalleled networking opportunities with developers and community power experts from around the world participating. It also offers the very latest updates in on new developments in regional transmission integration and wind export potential, as well as practical advice on best practices in aboriginal and community engagement and areas for potential collaboration with First Nations.