7 Community Power co-ops to visit during Green Energy Doors Open 2015

At Our Power, we are big fans of local, community-based renewables - the benefits are clear!

This October 3rd, at Green Energy Doors Open 2015, you’ll have the chance to meet with several renewable energy co-ops face to face and find out why getting involved in the Community Power movement is right for you.

Here are the details:

Local Initiative for Future Energy - Moorefield, ON

Come out and have a tour of this collaborative 330 kW solar rooftop project, stroll around the farm and meet the many animals, and enjoy some fantastic ice cream – on us – while you’re here! Mapleton’s solar project, also known as LIFE Solar JV 50, is 15% owned by LIFE Co-operative.

Let LIFE know you’re coming: Mapleton’s Organic Solar Project

8548 Wellington Road 7, Moorefield, 11am-5pm

SolarShare - Mississauga, ON

Bring the whole family to learn about solar energy and check out SolarShare’s newest roof-mount system! Take a scissor lift ride up and get an aerial view of a solar PV roof-mount installation, learn how solar energy works and have your questions asked by experts, enjoy music, food, activities for kids, and get information on how to be a part of the solar energy revolution!

Let SolarShare know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/solarshare-system-tour-social-tickets-18463298222

520 Abilene Dr., Mississauga, 2-3pm

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op - Ottawa, ON

Join Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) and Energy Ottawa for a tour of Chaudière Falls Generating Station! Energy Ottawa will welcome visitors to its Chaudière Falls Generating Station No. 2 for four back-to-back guided tours of the 124-year-old facility to discover how hydroelectricity was, and still is, produced.

156 Middle St., Ottawa,  12-2pm

Community Energy Development Co-op - St. Clements, ON

Community Energy Development Co-op (CED Co-op) is hosting a Solar Partnership Celebration with the Township of Wellesley at the site of their latest solar project! All are invited to this free Community Green Energy event featuring a FREE BBQ at noon, and the opportunity to learn how to take part in green energy in your community.

Clements Arena & Community Centre, 1 Green St., St. Clements, 10am-2pm

Sustainability Brant Community Energy Co-op - St. George, ON

The County of Brant and the Sustainability Brant Community Energy Co-operative (SBC Energy), invite the public to South Dumfries Community Centre for a BBQ to celebrate the 100 kW Rooftop Solar project. Also, find out about investing in their new rooftop solar project, located in Burford.

Let SBC Energy Co-op know you’re coming: SBC Solar Rooftop & BBQ Event

South Dumfries Community Centre, 7 Gaukel Dr., St George, 12-3pm

ZooShare - Toronto, ON

Visit The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns, and check out their bustling community kitchen, sheltered garden, Global Roots Garden, community bake oven, and compost demonstration centre. Tours of the greenhouse will be offered all morning, and ZooShare — North America’s 1st zoo-based biogas plant — will be the last stop on the greenhouse tour. Their representatives will be available to provide more information about their work and about composting.

Let ZooShare know you’re coming: Greenhouse Tour

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 8:00am-12:30pm

Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op - Baysville, ON

Learn more about the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op (LOBREC) and get a  tour of a local energy efficiency straw bale renovation project. The home, owned by two founding board members of the LOBREC not for profit co-op, underwent an extensive energy efficiency renovation project and addition. The project included straw bale and natural plasters, solar hot water, earthen floors and many other energy efficiency and green retrofit details, including targeting Passive House renovation standards for energy use and air tightness.

Let LOBREC know you’re coming: Strawbale Renovation Home Tour

1033 N Tooke Lake Rd., Baysville, 10am-2pm

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