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Community energy: Power from the people

Mother Earth News / Greg Pahl / February/March 2015

windshareWouldn’t it be great if you could keep your energy dollars close to home, help create new local jobs and business opportunities, and provide greater energy security and price stability? That’s where community energy comes in. A growing number of people are discovering the many benefits of keeping their energy dollars circulating in their local economies.

Community energy reflects the idea that most of the power consumed in a locality should come from — and be owned and controlled by — the locality itself. Community energy initiatives based on local renewable resources are now emerging across the country. While these projects take a variety of forms, one common element is local ownership. Community energy encourages new ways of imagining our relationship with resources: Think local empowerment.


Green power projects at risk

Brockville Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 04 October 2016

transcanada-solar-projectNew community-owned solar power projects slated for development in Leeds and Grenville are at risk of not getting off the ground due to a lack of community support, according to an energy co-op.

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) has been actively developing new projects in Leeds-Grenville, however, the company says renewable energy cooperatives must now prove new projects have community backing.

David Mazur-Goulet, a spokesperson for OREC, said meeting the 50-member threshold is necessary to apply for Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) this fall.


Report: Accelerating Renewable Energy Co-operatives in Canada

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Accelerating Renewable Energy Co-operatives in Canada ReportIn light of the growing urgency for, and national commitment to a de-carbonised economy combined with the need for local economic drivers and community resiliency, community energy offers a win-win-win solution.

Community energy (CE), which broadly refers to community ownership of and participation in renewable energy projects, is considered an economically positive and (increasingly) a socially necessary approach to the low carbon economy. CE projects are developed under various ownership models (or legal structures) such as: renewable energy co‑ops; by Aboriginal communities and corporations; through local investment funds; not-for-profit organizations; and the MUSH sector (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals). What is common to CE is the retention of project control and benefit (especially financial) at the community level.

On assignment to Co‑operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), TREC Renewable Energy Co‑op and the People, Power, Planet Partnership, undertook an assessment of the status of renewable energy co‑ops across Canada. While the reporting on status is specific to the co‑op model, the comments made in this report about development challenges and recommended solutions applies broadly to other forms of community energy models.


The 2016 Create-a-Co-op Challenge is on!

Ontario Co-Operative Association / 17 June 2016

Youth: it’s time to turn your entrepreneurial ambition into a co-op business pitch. You could win up to $1000. This Dragon’s Den-style competition is brought to you in partnership with Gay Lea Foods Co-operative.

To enter:

  1. Create a pitch video (approximately 2- 3 minutes max.) about your new co-op idea. Make it as creative and engaging as possible!
  2. Send your video to
  3. Once we upload it to our Facebook page at, get all your friends and contacts to vote for your video by “liking” it.

Voting closes at 11:59pm, August 28, 2016.

The top 3 vote-getters are guaranteed at least $500! Each will have a shot at the $1,000 Grand Prize by pitching to a panel of experts at On Co-op’s AGM, on September 14, 2016! Who knows, maybe you will even be able to attract investors. It’s happened before!

Visit our Facebook page for complete rules and information.

MEC commits to a 100% renewable powered future

On Co-op / Ontario’s Co-op Current / 24 March 2016

Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, are announcing a significant expansion of their environmental partnership. MEC is committing to a 100 per cent renewably powered future by choosing both green electricity and green natural gas for all of its current and future facilities, which presently includes 17 stores, its Head Office and Distribution Centre.

Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100 per cent clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that MEC’s stores, warehouse and offices use. Across Canada, Bullfrog Power’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

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SolarShare co-op breaks records with $15,000,000 bond raise

SolarShare / 12 February 2016

SOLAR-POWERSolarShare Co-operative announced today that it has hit the $15 million mark in sales of its Solar Bonds – the largest investment amount a renewable energy co-op has ever raised in Canada.

The milestone is reflective of the public’s growing interest in investments that make positive environmental and social impact. SolarShare is one the few providers of impact investing options open to retail investors.

SolarShare investors are a diverse group – millennials, everyday citizens and small business owners who seek a good return and want their dollars to do good, seniors hoping to leave a better planet for their grandchildren, and philanthropic organizations who desire investments that align with their missions – like the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Science For Peace, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Bealight Foundation, and the Lawson Foundation.


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