Saskatoon Community Wind Project Moves Ahead, Seeks Community Support

NAW Staff, Thursday 29 August 2013 - 14:03:11

The developers behind a Saskatchewan community wind project have partnered with Canadian electricity supplier Bullfrog Power.

Saskatoon Community Wind Energy says the site, which has yet to be confirmed, will be located within 15 to 30 kilometers of Saskatoon, where there are greater wind resources than within the city limits. Bullfrog Power is supporting the project through its Bullfrog Builds Renewable Accelerator program, which provides financing to help in the construction and development phases of new projects. Bullfrog is supporting the early stage project development phase of Saskatoon Community Wind's initiative as the project's founding development sponsor.

The project aims to construct a wind farm with 10 wind turbines that would generate electricity for 16,000 Saskatoon residents. By developing unsubsidized, renewable electricity generation, Saskatoon Community Wind's proposed wind farm would displace thermally generated electricity and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Over the last year we have achieved an enormous amount with very limited funds. Bullfrog's support comes at a critical time in the development phase and will strengthen our ongoing operations," says James Glennie, president of Saskatoon Community Wind. "For months, we have been speaking about the enormous economic, social and environmental benefits of what we are proposing. With its experience advancing renewable power in Canada, Bullfrog's contribution of significant financial and reputational support is a testament to this project's potential."

To encourage community support, Saskatoon Community Wind will hold a public meeting on Sept. 12 to provide more information on the project.


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