WOLFVILLE, N.S. — The Wolfville Farmers Market in Nova Scotia has unveiled a new solar installation, the largest in the town, that will power the market year-round.
The 20-kilowatt installation was undertaken with support from Bullfrog Power and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, a statement noted. The grand opening took place late last month.
The project was initiated by Wayne Groszko, applied energy research scientist at Nova Scotia Community College, as a student project. Students completed a solar feasibility study as part of a term assignment and then the market decided to move forward with the proposed project.
The solar panels sitting atop the market now reduce the facility’s emissions footprint by 16 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year and will save the organization $2,700 per year in energy costs. The market is housed in a 9,000-square-foot facility that was once an apple warehouse.
“It represents everything the bullfrog-powered community stands for: helping advance clean energy development across Canada; educating individuals on the benefits of renewable power; and supporting community groups as they develop these projects throughout the country,” said Holly Bond, vice-president of regional sales for Bullfrog Power, in the statement.