Project backers finish small Ellershouse Wind Farm project in Nova Scotia

Bullfrog Power, developer Minas Energy and the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA) – which is a partnership between the Towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia – on Dec. 4 announced 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 of 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. Bullfrog Power said it has been involved in the commissioning of wind farms across Canada, from some of Ontario’s first wind turbines to landmark developments such as the Bear Mountain Wind Park, British Columbia’s first wind farm. In Nova Scotia, Bullfrog Power has supported community-based rooftop solar projects.

The four-turbine Ellershouse Wind Farm consists of Enercon E-92 wind turbines that have a total capacity of 9.2 MW. 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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