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    Bullfrog Power and OCEC Announce Commissioning of Ontario's First Community-Owned Wind Farm

  • Jan 26, 2017

    Two of the ten turbines that make up the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm in Oxford County, Ontario.

    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/

    SOURCE: Bullfrog Power

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    John's career path opportunities moved him to British Columbia where he soon joined Elec-Tech Sales in 1986. John managed sales and marketing initiatives throughout his outside sales role and territory coverage, eventually becoming President in 1997.

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    Vincent, a dynamic, proactive and motivated person with extensive knowledge of the construction market, will start his new role in early September 2017. In the meantime, William Healey, Territory Manager of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, will cover Eric's territory.

    Headquartered in L'Islet, Quebec, Ouellet Canada Inc. develops, manufactures and markets electric heating products throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

    www.ouellet.com

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