Bullfrog Power named Green Energy Title Sponsor of Queen’s Solar Design Team’s student-built autonomous house project

Queen's Solar Design Team

Kingston, ON—Today, Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and the Queen’s Solar Design Team are announcing a new partnership. Bullfrog Power is being named the project’s Green Energy Title Sponsor as part of a contribution to the funding for the Queen’s Solar Education Centre (QSEC), an autonomous house project intended to be a testing ground for new sustainable technologies. The house is being built by a multidisciplinary team of Queen’s students on the Queen’s Solar Design Team with help from Queen’s University’s Solar Calorimetry Lab.

The QSEC will be a house that will provide heating, water, and shelter for its residents without being connected to municipal electricity or water supplies. It will accomplish this through a 1.9 kW solar array, rain water catchment and filtration system, and other technologies. In addition, an innovative high-efficiency heating system will be installed, which will greatly reduce the power requirements for heating the home. In Canada, home heating typically makes up 63 per cent of residential power usage.

While under construction, the QSEC has hosted tours and workshops for hundreds of community members as well as children from local schools and summer camps. The goal of the project is to educate and empower current and future homeowners to change their own homes to be more sustainable.

Katie Yang, Business Manager for the Queen’s Solar Design Team, says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Bullfrog Power. There is a strong alignment between our organizations, in that we are both dedicated to increasing the awareness and use of renewable technologies.”

“Bullfrog Power and QSEC are helping to educate Canadians through examples of the tools we need to live a greener life and by finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of our homes,” says Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. “Thanks to bullfrogpowered individuals and organizations across Canada, Bullfrog Power is able to support progressive, education-focused projects like the QSEC autonomous house.”

About the Queen’s Solar Design Team
Founded in 1988 and formerly known as the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team, the Queen’s Solar Design Team has a rich history in innovation and design, placing first in numerous solar vehicle competitions, as well in the Engineering category of the 2013 U.S. D.O.E. Solar Decathlon. Its current project, the Queen’s Solar Education Centre is an off-grid home located on Queen’s West Campus. The home will be open for public tours on September 11, 2016. For more information about the team as well as future events, please visit www.qsdt.net.

 About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.

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Contact Queen’s Solar Design Team: Katie Yang, Business Manager, 613.533.6682, business@qsdt.net

Contact Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, 416.360.3464 ext 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com