Nova Scotians wanting to use clean, green heating systems can now receive a larger rebate from the province. Conserve Nova Scotia has expanded its solar heating rebate program to include solar air. The percentage and maximum rebate amount for the solar water heating program has also increased. These changes were effective Jan. 1. “We’re expanding the solar rebate program to provide even more incentive for Nova Scotians to use solar heating,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Solar heating is a clean and abundant energy source that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions. For every 100 installations, we could see reductions of up to 250 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Every bit counts in our effort to have one of the cleanest and greenest environments in the world by 2020.” Solar air heating systems use solar energy to heat air for a residence or facility. The simple technology uses panels placed on a south-facing wall or roof. When sunlight hits the panels, it warms the air, which is then used for space heating. Provincial rebates are available for 15 per cent of the cost to install solar air heating systems for residential, institutional, industrial or commercial use. The maximum provincial rebate is $20,000. Federal solar air rebates of 25 per cent (up to $80,000) are also available for commercial, industrial or institutional use. The federal rebate is not available for residential use. To be eligible, solar air heating systems must be installed after Jan. 1, included in Natural Resources Canada’s list of approved systems and be installed in a home or facility in Nova Scotia. Solar water heating systems use solar panels that transfer heat from the sun to water. The provincial solar water heating rebate has increased to 15 per cent from 10 and the maximum rebate amount has risen to $20,000 from $5,000. A federal solar water heating rebate of $500 for residential domestic water heating systems and 25 per cent for commercial, industrial and institutional (up to $80,000) is also available. To be eligible, solar water heating systems must be designed for year-round use. Systems must be installed after Jan. 1, included in Natural Resources Canada’s list of approved systems, and be installed in a home or facility in Nova Scotia. Projects that exceed the provincial rebate maximum of $20,000 may be considered, but the applicant must submit a detailed project description for pre-approval. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. For more information about solar heating rebates, call Conserve Nova Scotia’s ENERinfo line toll free at 1-800-670-4636 or visit www.conservens.ca .