TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 27, 2015) – Today, Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Montana First Nation, a community in Central Alberta, are announcing a partnership to construct a new solar installation and set up a solar training program. Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power is helping Montana First Nation to reduce the financial and environmental costs of dependence on fossil fuel-based electricity generation.
“With this project, Montana First Nation is looking to improve our economy and reduce unemployment on the Reserve by becoming a leader in renewable energy for First Nations in Western Canada,” said Barry Wheaton, CEO of Green Arrow, a solar company owned by Montana First Nation. “Bullfrog Power has contributed to the success of community power projects across Canada and their support has been essential in moving this project forward.”
Bullfrog Power’s contribution to the project includes support for the solar training program and a grant that makes up 50 per cent of the funding required to build the 20 kW solar installation on Montana First Nation’s water treatment plant in Hobbema, Alberta. In addition, Montana First Nation will conduct an LED lighting retrofit at the plant to reduce electricity consumption.
“When Bullfrog Power’s customers all across Canada choose green energy for their homes and businesses, their contribution gives us the ability to help make community power projects like this one a reality,” said Ron Seftel, COO, Bullfrog Power. “We are proud to be supporting Montana First Nation’s efforts to transition to renewable energy while providing new employment opportunities in the Canadian solar industry.”
Located approximately 90 km south of Edmonton, the new solar project is the result of a partnership between Montana First Nation, Bullfrog Power, Green Arrow and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).
The solar training program will be provided by a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)-approved trainer as a six-week course to help prepare students to write the NABCEP entry exam. The course will offer students theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience completing actual installation of grid-tied and battery backup solar PV systems on Montana First Nation’s community buildings.
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.
About Montana First Nation
Montana First Nation is located about 90 km south of Edmonton, adjacent to the No. 2A highway in Alberta. Montana has a population of about 930 Band Members. Many of the members are currently on Social Assistance and are in need of training programs to lead to employment opportunities.
About Green Arrow Solar
Green Arrow is Canada’s first Aboriginal Renewable Energy Corporation, owed by Montana First Nation in Alberta. Green Arrow assists First Nations in training, funding/financing & instillation of First Nations solar projects in Western Canada. www.mygreenarrow.com.