MEC flips the switch on historic Vancouver solar installation

Bullfrog Builds program expands, relocates SPEC-owned solar installation to MEC’s Broadway Avenue store

Vancouver—Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) announced today that Vancouver’s first grid-connected solar installation is once again delivering clean, pollution-free power to the grid.

The initiative was spearheaded by Bullfrog Power’s Bullfrog Builds Renewable Accelerator program. Bullfrog is helping fund the expansion and relocation of the 3 kW solar installation—originally installed on the SPEC energy demonstration centre—to its new home on the roof of MEC’s Broadway Avenue store.

“All of us at SPEC are pleased to see one of our projects and Vancouver’s first grid-connected solar array find a new home,” said Rob Baxter, President, SPEC. “By moving this landmark solar installation to the MEC Broadway Avenue location, we’re helping educate Vancouverites about the city’s green energy past while continuing to raise public awareness on the future of renewable energy in Canada.”

“This project was a great opportunity to bring together MEC—a longtime supporter of green energy with Bullfrog Power—and SPEC, the oldest environmental non-profit in British Columbia,” said Ron Seftel, Senior Vice President, Operations, Bullfrog Power. “Bullfrog Builds connects the support of our customers who bullfrogpower their homes and businesses with renewable energy projects across Canada, enabling us to provide critical financial support.”

“Installing the SPEC solar array on our Broadway Avenue store makes good environmental and business sense,” said MEC sustainability director Amy Roberts “The installation demonstrates MEC’s ongoing commitment to reducing our environmental impact by supporting clean, renewable energy.”

Six MEC stores are bullfrogpowered with green electricity and an additional four stores bullfrogpowered with both green electricity and green natural gas. By choosing green energy from Bullfrog Power, MEC is reducing its environmental impact and supporting the development of new green energy projects in Canada. The SPEC solar array on MEC’s Broadway Avenue store will continue to generate clean, pollution-free energy for more than 20 years.

About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable homes 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 Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green energy with Bullfrog Power. Homes and businesses can sign up easily, quickly and affordably at

About MEC
A retail co-operative, MEC exists to enable and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles, supporting activities such as climbing, hiking, snowsports, watersports, cycling, running and yoga. Well known for selling high-quality products that offer great value, MEC employs outdoor enthusiasts who possess a strong service ethic to provide its members with an authentic and accessible customer experience. MEC has more than 3.75 million members across Canada, whom it serves through 17 stores in 6 provinces and An individual lifetime membership in MEC costs only $5.

About SPEC
Founded in 1969, The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) is a non-profit charitable organization that engages and builds capacity within local communities to enable lasting behaviour change towards urban sustainability. For almost 50 years, SPEC has engaged with the Vancouver community through education and advocacy in the areas of local food systems, renewable energy, zero waste, sustainable transportation and protecting our blue and green spaces. SPEC is a member-based society with an elected Board of Directors and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Contact Bullfrog Power
Jon McKay
Public Relations Manager
Tel: 416.360.3464 ext 239

Contact MEC
Tim Southam
Public Affairs Manager
Tel: 604.707.4480

Contact SPEC
Sara Blenkhorn
Project Facilitator
Tel: 778.995.8705



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