To encourage participation, Bullfrog Power is offering a challenge. Through its Bullfrog Builds Renewable Accelerator program, Bullfrog Power is committing up to $20,000 to match all new donations until the Community Energy Group reaches its fundraising goal.
A unique aspect of the project is that the dollar value of energy savings from the new 21 kilowatt (kW) solar array will be set aside by the Gulf Islands School District to create a Solar Scholarship Fund. Each year, for the lifetime of the solar array, students at GISS who are interested in renewable energy, renewable energy trades certifications, and similar studies, will be eligible for the solar scholarships.
"Thanks to our local renewable energy pioneer and Bullfrog customer Ron Watts, the Bullfrog Builds program was on our radar from the beginning," said Salt Spring Community Energy Group’s Kjell Liem, Project Coordinator. "We are delighted that Bullfrog Power has chosen to accelerate the final fundraising push and help ensure the solar installation can proceed as soon as possible."
The final project will also include electric vehicle charging and the development of renewable energy education curricula for all students in the District. As well, the community-at-
“The Bullfrog Builds program helps develop new renewable energy projects across Canada and builds awareness of the importance of taking action on climate change,” said Ron Seftel, Senior Vice President, Operations, Bullfrog Power. “This new solar array, by both generating clean power and funding a Solar Scholarship, is a model project for us, demonstrating that green energy projects can make real and ongoing contributions to their communities.”
Donations can be made through the website www.saltspringcommunityenergy.com or by cheque and are eligible for charitable tax receipts.
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About Transition Salt Spring Community Energy Group
The Transition Salt Spring Community Energy Group is a group of local citizens concerned about sustainability, encouraging renewable energy and clean technology development on Salt Spring. Our strategy includes developing partnerships with local organizations to create renewable energy projects that will inspire and educate our community to embrace renewable energy and a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.
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About School District 64 (Gulf Islands)
School District 64 is made up of the five island communities in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The Board believes that sustainability—
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