Nova Sun Power, a renewable energy company based in Pictou, N.S., has become the first Canadian solar company to secure BCorp certification and will soon complete the largest photovoltaic solar installation ever in Nova Scotia.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that the 30-kilowatt hour project is a partnership with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’Kmaq and Millbrook First Nation. The project will provide power to the community gymnasium and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’Kmaq offices. Funding was secured through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Eco Action program. 

BCorp certification is a global standard for designating an ethical business. Businesses that want to join the BCorp movement must complete a rigorous process ensuring their focus is not just profitability but also care for the environment and people. BCorps range from local companies like Nova Sun to such multinationals as Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s and Etsy.

“I started Nova Sun Power 19 years ago in Pictou County because I wanted access to clean, secure renewable energy for my family,” said Sun Nova Sounder Robert MacKean in a statement. “Energy independence is more important now than ever. It’s good for the planet and good for the pocketbook too.”

Nova Sun Power specializes in grid-tied photovoltaic solar energy sales, installation and maintenance. The company helps businesses and households operate and live more sustainably while potentially selling their clean, surplus energy to Nova Scotia Power under NSP’s net metering program, said the statement. 

 

 

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