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OREC GM Named Solar Woman of Distinction

Janice Ashworth accepting her award as Solar Woman of the Year at the 2017 Solar Canada Conference in Toronto.

On December 5th, 2017 Janice Ashworth was named the 2017 Solar Woman of Distinction by Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE). This award is given annually to a woman who has contributed significantly to the expansion of the solar power sector in Canada, and was presented at this year’s Solar Canada Conference in Toronto earlier this month. As General Manager of …

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Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan Spells Opportunity for OREC

Infograhic demonstrating how net metering works

On October 26th, the Ontario Government released its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), outlining the future of the province’s energy policies, many of which implicate the activities of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative. The official report, entitled “Delivering Fairness and Choice”, is the first of its kind since 2013, and comes at a time when energy policy has become a hotly …

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OREC to add 1.65 MW in Solar Power Capacity

Rendition of the Mer Bleu High School in Orleans

In September, the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative was awarded four new contracts through Ontario’s fifth and final Feed-In Tariff round of contracts. Already Eastern Ontario’s largest renewable energy co-operative, these projects will increase the Co-operatives solar energy capacity by 1.65 MW over the next two years, bringing the total capacity to 3.35 MW. Two of these contracts will be rooftop …

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Nov. 16 – Alfred Project Tour

Photo of the Alfred Solar Power Project courtesy of Michel Chrétien

Visit Prescott-Russel’s 1st Community Solar Project Learn how solar power is generated from industry experts and get up to speed on the project’s history and partnership with the Keewaywin First Nation. The tour will be offered in English only.  The event will be held rain or shine. Participants must wear closed-toe footwear and sign a release waiver before entering the …

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Alfred Project Launch Event Attracts Curious Crowd

Photo of the project launch by Devon McKinnon Photography

On an uncharacteristically warm fall day, 85 people gathered in Alfred, Ontario to celebrate the launch of a unique, first-in-Canada solar power project. Dubbed the “Alfred Project” for its location in the heart of Alfred, the 500 kW ground mount solar PV system is built in partnership with the Keewaywin First Nation on land owned by the Township of Alfred …

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