• Living Energy Laboratory

    A solution incubator to create actions within our own community.

On February 4, 2017, the leaders of these projects successfully competed for, and received, the following prizes and resources:

  • Cash Rewards

    $2,350 – generously provided by L&B Electric, the LaHave River Credit Union, and the Town of Bridgewater

  • Expert Support and Mentorship

    $2,056 equivalent value – generously provided by L&B Electric, RJ Roy Energy Management Services, and the Town of Bridgewater

  • Other project resources

    $1,023 equivalent value – generously provided by the South Shore Breaker, LighthouseNow, and Staples Bridgewater.  And thank you to Bridgewater Mall for hosting our event!

What is the Living Energy Laboratory?

The Living Energy Laboratory is a project incubator for innovative energy projects that demonstrate practical approaches to achieving a local energy economy.  Projects are located in and around Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.  These hands-on projects and ventures are planned and managed by individuals, businesses, and organizations both for their own benefit, as well as to offer a teaching tool for the entire community to learn from. The program is stewarded and supported by the members of the Bridgewater Energy Partnership, and the Living Energy Laboratory Grant Program is hosted by the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation.

What Kinds of Projects Can Join?

To qualify, projects should meet at least one of the following two objectives:

  1. Direct energy benefits: improve energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, generate renewable energy, and/or reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  2. Capacity building: increase people’s awareness, knowledge or skills for one or more of the topics above

Projects can fit into four different categories, allowing many different kinds of projects to qualify:

  1. Community Project – the project benefits the community in general, not intended to generate profit or personal benefit
  2. Business or Organizational Initiative – an energy improvement, new service, product, or organizational change made by one or more organizations
  3. New Venture – a new business or significant expansion of an existing business
  4. Home Improvement or Lifestyle Change – an action taken by an individual, family, or small group of people

Projects that best fit the intentions behind the Living Energy Laboratory will:

  • Deliver results within 6-12 months
  • Be affordable or help others afford smart energy solutions
  • Be replicable and scalable so others can use the same idea
  • Help educate people on energy issues or opportunities
  • Have a lasting and measurable impact

Timeline

  • Friday Jan 27: last date for project pitches to be submitted on this website
  • Wednesday Feb 1: online voting for the community’s favourite project!  The project with the most votes received the “People’s Choice Award”
  • Saturday Feb 4: project leaders pitched their project to a panel of experts and competed for cash & other resources
  • February – October 2017: selected projects are carried out
  • October 27-28 2017: projects are featured at the Energize Nova Scotia Discovery Fair
  • 2018: the submission process opens for the next round of Living Energy Laboratory projects!

Project Sponsors and Supporters

The following businesses and organizations have sponsored the Living Energy Laboratory – thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • Project Grants: The Nodding Group, L&B Electric, and the LaHave River Credit Union, and the Town of Bridgewater
  • Mentorship and Expertise: L&B Electric, RJ Roy Energy Management Services, and the Town of Bridgewater
  • In-Kind Services: South Shore Breaker, LighthouseNow, and Staples Bridgewater.  And thank you to Bridgewater Mall for hosting our event!

The contributing businesses and organizations are formally recognized as Energize Bridgewater Sponsors.