Wolfville Farmers’ Market launches town’s largest solar installation
September 27, 2018 – The Wolfville Farmer's Market has unveiled a new solar panel array that will power it year-round. The 20-kW installation is the largest of its kind in the Nova Scotia town.
By Peter Saunders
Wayne Groszko (pictured at switch, left), an applied energy research scientist at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), initiated the project as a learning experience for students in the energy sustainability engineering technology program at the college’s Annapolis Valley Campus. They completed a feasibility study as part of their term assignment, which inspired the market to build the actual array, with funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Bullfrog Power.
Sitting atop the market, the solar panels will reportedly reduce the 9,000-square-foot facility’s emissions by the equivalent to 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and save approximately $2,700 in annual energy costs.
“Our farmers have long experienced the benefits of the sun’s energy in the growth and abundance of their crops,” says the market’s manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe (pictured at switch, right), “so it’s fitting for the market that houses them to also be powered by the sun’s rays. Many people worked together to make this possible. I especially thank Wayne for inspiring us and leading the project, Bullfrog Power for giving us funding that became the financial impetus and Sage Energy for doing the hard work of installing the project.”