Nova Scotia communities will be able to save money on their energy bills and reduce emissions with support from a new government program. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette launched the Low Carbon Communities Program today, Sept. 10, which will help local groups create new ideas for clean energy. “Supporting innovative projects that give people the ability to choose where their energy comes from is another way everyone can benefit from Nova Scotia’s cleaner energy future,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “By working together, we can turn ideas into actions that build on Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the fight against climate change.” The program is open to municipalities, Mi’kmaw communities and not-for-profit organizations. Eligible projects include community solar, district energy, public building efficiency, active transportation, electric vehicles and other ideas that have the potential to lower emissions and create local economic benefits. Funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects. Government will invest up to $300,000 in three or four projects across the province. Successful applicants will receive up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. Provincial money can be used to leverage additional funding. Applications will be accepted until October 12. For more information contact [email protected] .