Bullfrog Power partners with local communities on grand opening of Nova Scotia’s Ellershouse Wind Farm

Bullfrog Power partners with local communities on grand opening of Nova Scotia’s Ellershouse Wind Farm

Friday December 4, 2015

Halifax—Today, Bullfrog Power®, developer Minas Energy and the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA) – a partnership between the Towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia – are announcing the grand opening of the Ellershouse Wind Farm. Located in West Hants, near Ellershouse, Nova Scotia, the four-turbine wind farm is the first wind development in Nova Scotia to be funded and built independently of the local power authority or any provincial government incentive program.

“Bullfrog Power launched in the Maritimes in 2009 to mobilize and create further demand for more renewable energy in the region.  The commissioning of the Ellershouse Wind Farm is a great example of how the support of Bullfrog Power’s customers can deliver meaningful change to the renewable energy market in Nova Scotia,” said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. “To be a part of Nova Scotia’s first independent wind farm is a tremendous accomplishment and we look forward to helping advance more renewable energy projects in the province.”

The Ellershouse Wind Farm is the latest green energy project supported by Bullfrog Power.  During our 10 year history, Bullfrog Power has been able to offer all Canadians a green energy choice. Along the way, thanks to the support of Bullfrog Power’s customers, the organization has been involved in the commissioning of wind farms across Canada, including some of Ontario’s first wind turbines. In Nova Scotia, Bullfrog Power has supported community-based rooftop solar projects with both Hope Blooms and The Deanery Project. Bullfrog Power has also helped to change Canada’s energy landscape by offering innovative new products, including Green Natural Gas in 2012, and, earlier this year, a Green Fuel product to help businesses address their transportation-related emissions.

“Thanks to the financial support this project will receive from Bullfrog Power and its customers across Canada we were able to make this project a reality. With the opening of the Ellershouse Wind Farm we have all made a real impact in changing how Nova Scotians generate power,” said Mayor Joe Feeney, Mahone Bay.

The four-turbine Ellershouse Wind Farm consists of Enercon E-92 wind turbines that have a total capacity of 9.2 megawatts—enough to power 2,800 Nova Scotian homes[1]. The AREA communities – and Bullfrog Power – will be sourcing the green power produced by the facilities for their municipalities and for Bullfrog Power’s Maritime customers, respectively. The project will be owned and operated by AREA—Nova Scotia’s first independent energy utility.

“Minas Energy has a long history of working with local stakeholders to successfully develop new renewable energy throughout Nova Scotia and we’re proud to see the successful completion of the Ellershouse Wind Farm,” said John Woods, Vice President of Energy Development, Minas Energy.

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About Minas Energy
Minas Energy is a member of Scotia Investments Limited, which traces its roots to R. A. Jodrey, one of Nova Scotia’s most successful entrepreneurs, whose first company was incorporated in 1927. Mr. Jodrey decided in 1935 to develop hydroelectric power to gain control of his companies’ energy destiny, and Minas continues to operate these 2MW and 3MW facilities on the St Croix River system. Faced with elevated price volatility associated with a number of energy purchases, the portfolio in 2005 again decided the best way to manage energy supply and cost risks was to become an active player in the energy market by self-developing some initiatives, and providing solutions to others in need. Minas understands the demand, supply and community sides of the energy industry, which makes them uniquely able to address the concerns of all stakeholders and ultimately deliver results to clients.

Contact Bullfrog Power
Jon McKay
Public Relations Manager
416.360.3464 ext 239

Contact Minas Energy
Kris MacLellan
Energy Project Coordinator

[1] non-electrically heated