As college and university students around the world pressure their institutions to divest from fossil fuels, many of us are wondering how we can actively support alternative energy through our own investments.
Electricity production systems are changing around the world and community ownership is playing a significant role in this evolution. Germany, for example, has over 800 renewable energy co-ops. Scores of co-operatives are now operating across N. America as well.
Exploring this movement and its local context, David Hahn, President of Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative of Frontenac County will be giving our next presentation. Hahn will explain how Wintergreen was formed and its collaboration with SolarShare Co-op, which offers Solar Bonds as investments to its members.
Hahn has been using renewable energy himself for over 40 years. He built his own highly insulated passive solar home for his family in the 1980s. He now owns a 10KW solar photovoltaic grid tied system under the microFit program. Hahn has also been a sustainability advocate in municipal government during his time spent on the councils of Bedford and South Frontenac.
All are welcome to attend, and to learn more about the social, environmental and economic benefits of community participation in regional renewable energy. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.
WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville