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$859,500 Invested in Just Seven Weeks

Photo of the solar array

Over the course of just seven weeks in early 2018, 94 members of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative invested nearly $860,000 in local solar power projects. This was the first half of the Co-operative’s sixth series of local solar investments. This was the Co-operative’s shortest offering to date, producing a remarkable amount of investments all from residents of Eastern Ontario, …

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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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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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Close-up photo of solar PV panels

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$1.98 M Invested in New Solar Power Projects

OREC members celebrate at the annual picnic

Over the course of a 14-week period in 2017, more than 160 residents of Eastern Ontario invested $1.98 million to finance four new solar power projects.  OREC’s fifth securities offering is the latest round of investments offered by the Co-op which allows individuals to invest in large-scale solar power projects and earn a solid return. During the final days of …

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Forty Under 40 Awarded to OREC’s GM

Janice Ashworth is awarded the Forty Under 40 award

On April 24, 2017, Janice Ashworth was recognized with a Forty Under 40 award.  In this 20th iteration of the awards, a record-breaking number of applicants made it one of the toughest competitions since the award was first handed out in 1998.  The award recognizes the remarkable accomplishments and community involvement of Ottawa’s best and brightest business leaders under the …

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OREC project at local school recognized with an award

Powering Prosperity Award 2016

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) is extremely proud to announce that one of our projects has won an award at the Power Prosperity Awards 2016. This event, organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) recognizes organizations who champion sustainable energy to power, heat, cool and move Ontario’s prosperity, creating good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments. The Community …

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Paul Dewar joins Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2015 After speaking at the Green Energy Doors Open event on Saturday, NDP Ottawa Centre candidate Paul Dewar has joined the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC). “As we address the severe threat of catastrophic climate change, community-based green energy initiatives like OREC will play a crucial role,” said Dewar. “And with investment in clean-tech expected …

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