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Kejimkujik National Park to use renewable energy through a solar project, courtesy of the Greening Government Fund

According to a news release, Canada’s Treasury Board has funded efforts to revamp Kejimkujik National Park, including transforming the energy supply to renewable energy. More than $600,000 has been injected into the project to ensure renewable energy meets the camp’s electric needs. The park also has new water-drop-shaped units on stilts and hanging from trees overlooking the park’s lake. The five new Oasis camping units will be distributed across the Jeremy’s Bay campground at the park. Visitors will be able to have a good view of Kejimkujik Lake from the camping units.

The funds will be used to install Solar PV panels to augment the park’s energy needs as Canada joins other countries to honor the Paris Agreement on zero-carbon goals. According to the media report, the new array of PV modules will reduce the park’s greenhouse emissions by 17 percent. The solar plant will produce 100 kilowatts of energy per year. Through the Nova Scotia province metering program, renewable energy will meet the park’s needs and store excess for later use. The government estimates that over its lifetime, the solar project will reduce carbon emissions by 3,300 tons. “[That is] the equivalent of removing 1035 cars from the road for a year,” the release noted.

The park recently announced completing a series of new projects to upgrade the park for a better tourist experience. Among the new projects include a water treatment plant, upgraded power, sewer utilities, new accommodations, and a six-kilometer shared-use trail system. This upgrade cost the Nova Scotia administration about $10million. The park also got 10 improved gender-neutral washrooms on the Jeremy’ Bay Campground. These washrooms are among the first of their kind in the country. They provide visiting families with better personal privacy and are easily accessible.

“I am pleased that the Greening Government Fund is being used in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to further Canada’s efforts towards our Net Zero by 2050 objective. Investments of this nature contribute to achieving the net-zero emissions commitment in the renewed Greening Government Strategy, and communicate to Park users, and all Canadians, the critical importance of acting on climate change,” said Treasury Board President, Jean-Yves Duclos.

The park houses 46 backcountry camping sites distributed across the area. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the park recommends that tourists plan ahead by contacting them through their website. This will prepare visitors for what services are being offered at the time. The reservations to the park will start kin April 23, 2021.

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