Phase two has been launched for the Ellershouse Wind Farm, the first wind development in Nova Scotia to be funded and built independently of the local power authority or any provincial government incentive program.
The launch of phase two is being celebrated by Bullfrog Power, East Coast Credit Union, developer Minas Energy and Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA), which is the facility owner and operator. AREA, a partnership between the towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia, was created by the towns to reduce energy costs, expand green mandates and develop new revenue streams for the municipalities.
The second phase adds three turbines to the original four-turbine wind farm in West Hants, located near Ellershouse. The seven Enercon E-92 wind turbines have a total capacity of 16.1 MW, which is enough to power 4,900 Nova Scotian homes, says Bullfrog Power. All three of the towns’ electric utilities, as well as the Riverport Electric Light Commission, purchase part of their energy requirements from the Ellershouse Wind Farm. In addition, Bullfrog Power sources the green power produced by the facility for its Maritime customers, such as East Coast Credit Union.
“Bullfrog Power launched in the Maritimes in 2009 to mobilize and create further demand for renewable energy in the region. The launch of the second phase of the Ellershouse Wind Farm is proof of the impact that our customers, like East Coast Credit Union, are having in growing the amount of renewable energy generated in Nova Scotia,” comments Ron Seftel, CEO of Bullfrog Power.
The Ellershouse Wind Farm is the latest wind project supported by Bullfrog Power. 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.
“The financial support of Bullfrog Power was important in ensuring the ongoing success of this project. By launching the second phase of the Ellershouse Wind Farm, we are demonstrating real progress in developing new, cleaner forms of power for Nova Scotians,” adds David Devenne, mayor of Mahone Bay and AREA vice chair.