Clean Technology


Nova Scotia has legislated targets for 25% renewable electricity by 2015 and a goal for 40% renewable electricity by 2020.

As Nova Scotia’s clean technology industry attracts considerable international attention, its accessibility to natural resources, such as wind, tidal and solar, enables the province to engage in significant research and development activities as well as large scale projects.

Research & Development

Several of the province’s 10 universities have research and development expertise in the Clean Technology sector and are leading the way in various clean technology research and development initiatives. For instance, Dalhousie University‘s Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability (DREAMS) program trains Master and PhD-level students in fields like solar, thermo-electric and energy harvesting materials. As well, Acadia University’s Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER) helps explore the impacts of tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy.

Nova Scotia is also home to Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, where break-through research is being done on innovative and sustainable solutions to energy and environmental issues. Capitalizing on these core strengths, the Centre facilitates research and development in two key areas:

  • Environmental Management (including mine water management and environmental remediation technology; and
  • Cleaner Energy (including renewable energy and clean carbon energy).


  • Nova Scotia has a tremendous wind resource. With some of the highest average wind speeds in Canada, ranging up to speeds of + 9.51m/s, a wind turbine placed in Nova Scotia can produce large amounts of cost-effective power.


  • The Bay of Fundy pushes over 100 billion tonnes of water every tide which is more than all the freshwater rivers and streams in the world combined.
  • Exciting conditions are hence created for developers, researchers, and the public to better understand the potential of in-stream tidal technology to deliver clean, renewable power for generations to come.


  • Nova Scotia is rich in forests which allows for opportunities to revitalize this industry and its competitiveness by making use of the available wood feedstock for the production of bioenergy, biofuels, biochemical and other bioproducts.


  • Nova Scotia receives an average of over 1,000 kWh of solar irradiation per metre squared per year. If harnessed, solar energy could contribute significantly to the energy mix of Nova Scotia.
  • Statistics from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) show that Solar Photovoltaics do have a comparably high potential in the region.
  • Cities like Halifax and Amherst have greater solar potential than Germany at large, which is generally accepted as the international leader in solar technology and solar exports.

You'll be in good company when you choose Nova Scotia, Canada. We are home to world-class companies in wind, tidal and renewable energy.

Nova Scotia's legislation creates ideal conditions to do business here: