Communities in southern Nova Scotia leading projects to help fight climate change by reducing emissions are getting support from the province. Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, May 10, $205,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program. “Nova Scotia communities are already leading at climate change planning,” said Mr. Furey. “We want to support them at various stages of this work and increase uptake and awareness of programs that help reduce emissions.” The Town of Bridgewater will receive $75,000 for research and development of new financing and ownership structures under its Community Energy Investment Plan. “We know we need to do everything we can, not only to lift our people out of energy poverty but to ensure there is a planet for our children and grandchildren to live on,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “Our plan ensures we will continue to move forward toward a sustainable future.” The Alternative Resource Energy Authority will receive $75,000 for site design of solar gardens in three towns across the province, Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish. The energy authority is a partnership between the three towns, and its mandate includes clean technology projects. The Western Regional Enterprise Network will receive $55,000 for engagement and planning to develop a regional energy investment plan. Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jump-start projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity. Projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs. This year, 11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000. Eligible groups have received grants of up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. The Low Carbon Communities Program supports Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities in Nova Scotia.