How We’re Working with Bullfrog Power to Aid Local Renewable
Bullfrog Power is Canada's leading green energy provider, providing renewable energy solutions for both homes and businesses. Started in 2005 in Toronto, they are a renewable energy-based company with the ultimate goal of transitioning Canada into a low-carbon economy.
The way it works is that businesses and homes sign up with Bullfrog to initially assess the energy they consume and then match that consumption by purchasing an equal amount of green, clean, renewable energy. That green energy then gets put back into the national grid, pipeline or fuel pool, displacing energy from polluting sources.
VersaCold is proud to say that we’ve been choosing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas with Bullfrog Power since 2015. Through our partnership, we are reducing our emissions footprint and helping to green our energy systems.
Our initial commitment is based off of our monthly energy usage at our corporate office in Richmond, BC, where we displace approximately 12.4 megawatts of conventional electricity with renewable electricity per month and 88.4 gigajoules of conventional natural gas with renewable natural gas per month. Through this renewable energy purchase, VersaCold now displaces 54.83 tonnes of CO2 annually, or 4.56 tonnes of CO2 monthly.
“VersaCold has made sustainability an essential part of our commitment to the environment,” says Doug Harrison, President and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to partner with Bullfrog Power to support green electricity and green natural gas at our head office. Not to mention the green outreach that our contribution supports.”
Beyond matching our conventional energy usage with green energy, our partnership and monthly contribution also impact diverse communities throughout Canada by helping to fund green energy projects. And one of those initiatives, we’re proud to report, is helping a local community not too far from Richmond—the Skidegate community in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.
Haida Gwaii is a remote group of beautiful islands located off the coast of BC. It is home to the Haida people, a First Nations community that settled in the area over 8,000 years ago.
Through Bullfrog Power’s Community Renewable Projects program, VersaCold recently supported the solar installation at Kay Llnagaay, Haida Gwaii’s cultural heritage centre. Prior to the project, the centre used 10 million litres of diesel fuel and paid more than $100K per year for electricity.
The 100 kW solar installation, the largest community-owned renewable project in BC, reduces the community’s reliance on fossil fuels as well as its electricity costs. Powering the centre with energy from the sun also helps the Haida people continue to thrive as stewards of the land and sustain the cultural site, which plays such an important role in protecting and promoting their history.
“This new solar project will leave a cleaner footprint on Haida Gwaii for years to come and serve as a reminder that there are local solutions we can act on today to move toward a clean energy future,” says Billy Yovanovich, Chief Skidegate Band Councillor.
The project on Haida Gwaii is just one of more than 130 community renewable energy projects across Canada currently being supported through Bullfrog Power. The projects are not only increasing the amount of renewable energy in Canada and cleaning our grid—they are also providing important social and cultural impacts. VersaCold is proud to be a part of this amazing program and to support 100% green energy.
To learn more about Bullfrog Power and/or their Community Renewable Projects program, visit bullfrogpower.com.