TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (OCEC) are announcing the commissioning of Ontario's first community-owned wind farm. Gunn's Hill Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines located in Oxford County, southwestern Ontario. The project's success involved the collaboration of OCEC, the County, the Six Nations of the Grand River and organizations that include developer Prowind Canada Inc. and Bullfrog Power, which first announced its support in 2014.
"Bullfrog Power's early partnership with the co-operative was an important show of support that contributed to its success," said Helmut Schneider, President of Prowind Canada Inc. and former CEO of OCEC. "Today, the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm provides an opportunity for community members to directly benefit from new renewable energy generation in their area."
The 18 MW Gunn's Hill Wind Farm is the first community-owned wind farm in Ontario and is now generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 6,000 homes in Oxford County. In September 2015, Oxford County, located between London and Kitchener-Waterloo in southwestern Ontario, adopted a sustainability plan to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.
"Wind power plays a significant role in generating the renewably-powered future we want to achieve, which is why we're proud to be supporting Ontario's first community-owned wind farm," said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. "Thanks to the thousands of bullfrogpowered individuals and businesses across Canada, we're able to provide funding to community-led projects that will have an impact on how our power is generated for years to come."
Bullfrog Power, through its community renewable projects program, has supported more than 70 green energy projects across Canada. Recent Bullfrog Power community projects in Ontario include solar panels on Toronto's Kew Beach Junior Public School and North America's first zoo-biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo. For more information, visit bullfrogpower.com/projects.
To view a time lapse video of the construction of one of the Gunn's Hill wind turbines, visit https://www.bullfrogpower.com/news/video-gallery/gunns-hill-turbine-build/
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.
Oxford Community Energy Co-operative Inc. is a renewable energy co-op based in Oxford County with its office located in Woodstock, Ontario. OCEC was developed to bring renewable energy investment opportunities to the residents of Oxford County. The local community currently owns up to 49% of the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm project and OCEC has begun development on new solar investment opportunities to be announced in the near future. OCEC present membership is over 180 and they are striving to bring locally produced energy to the local community.
The Prowind Group was established in 2000 by Dairy Farmer and Lawyer Johannes Busmann. Prowind is a developer of renewable energy projects in partnership with communities and has completed 29 wind, solar, and biomass projects including the development of the 30 MW South Branch Wind Farm in eastern Ontario and the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm in Oxford County. Prowind Group's current portfolio includes wind, solar, and biomass projects in excess of 150 MW in Europe and North America.
SOURCE Bullfrog Power
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For further information: Contact Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, 416.360.3464 ext 239, [email protected]; Contact OCEC: Miranda Fuller, Communication Director, (519) 852 8609, mailto:[email protected]; Contact Prowind: Helmut Schneider, President, (519) 788 2598, [email protected]