CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 29, 2014) - Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, and the Alberta Winter Games are partnering to bring new solar power to Alberta and to reduce the environmental impact of the 2014 Alberta Winter Games.
Through the partnership, a 10 kW solar installation will supplement and upgrade existing solar panels on Banff Community High School (BCHS) in Banff, Alberta. The project has been the subject of three years of fundraising by the BCHS green team. The green team, made up of student volunteers and teacher-sponsor Maya Capel, work with the community and the support of local businesses to promote environmentally sustainable projects. Past green team successes include selling rain barrels and retrofitting their bus fleet to be the first in Alberta to run on a biodiesel blend. In addition, BCHS was the first LEED-certified school in Canada and will host the installation as a legacy project of the 2014 Alberta Winter Games. Bullfrog Power, through its Bullfrog Builds Renewable Accelerator Program, is providing a grant to fund the solar installation.
"The Alberta Winter Games is a great opportunity to educate the public about green energy," said Sean Magee, Director, Bullfrog Builds. "Through the support of our customers who bullfrogpower their homes and businesses, we are able to provide green energy projects with critical financial support, showing communities across Canada that we can all be part of the shift to cleaner energy sources."
"We are excited to be working with both Bullfrog Power and the Alberta Winter Games on making Banff Community High School even greener," said Carol Picard, Chair, Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board. "The Alberta Winter Games are the perfect opportunity to both enjoy our natural environment and to educate our students and the public about the action we can take to protect that environment for future generations."
With the support of Bullfrog Power, venues in Banff and select venues in Canmore will be bullfrogpowered for the Games with 100 per cent clean, renewable electricity. This means Bullfrog Power's generators will put clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of power the 2014 Banff/Canmore Alberta Winter Games' sporting venues and athlete accommodations use. Bullfrog's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities, with at least 50 per cent sourced directly from the region.
"We're proud to be working with all of our sustainability partners to make the 2014 Alberta Winter Games the greenest yet," said Joey O'Brien, Co-Director, Sustainability Advisory Committee, 2014 Banff Canmore Alberta Winter Games. "Engagement is also key and through our Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, we're raising awareness with athletes, coaches, spectators, and volunteers about the impact of sporting events and the action we can all take to protect our environment."
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About the 2014 Alberta Winter Games
The 2014 Alberta Winter Games (2014 AWG) are held every two years and are a celebration of youth through sports. In 2014 the Games run February 6-9 in the Banff-Canmore area. More than 2,500 athletes (ages 11-17), coaches and officials will participate in 19 sports. The Games provide an opportunity for many of Canada's future elite athletes to enjoy their first taste of competition at a provincial level. They also enable visitors and residents to experience the local culture through a variety of performing and visual arts events and activities.
About Canadian Rockies Public Schools
The Canadian Rockies Public Schools are located throughout the quaint and majestic communities of Banff, Canmore and Exshaw, (collectively named) which are all part of what is named the Bow Valley. These three unique schools allow the students to experience the western shoulder of Canada's great Rocky Mountains and all the associated activities and beauty. Each location is situated amongst the world famous Canadian Rocky Mountains and invites all students to take full advantage of what the environments have to offer.