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Investing In Solar

Ottawa Business Journal By Jacob Serebrin March 3, 2014 While outfitting large industrial rooftops with solar panels can cost millions of dollars, a local organization has found a way for individuals to invest in renewable energy on a much smaller scale. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative started in 2010 and currently has 250 members, said Janice Ashworth, the group’s operations …

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Bridging the gap between social investors and social business

By Jonathan Wade, Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED) There is a lot of talk about social enterprise as businesses that are designed specifically to address a social, cultural, or environmental need or problem in our society. At the same time, there are philanthropists who are anxious to fund important social change and there are a growing number of …

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EmPowering Local Economies

By Tim Inkpen Since the financial crisis of 2008, there has been a resurgence of interest in local economies. The crisis has caused many to look for ways of buffering their communities from drastic upheavals over which they little or no control. The basic concept behind local economics is that everyone benefits if many goods and services are produced locally. …

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Does increasing the power from citizens increase the power of citizens?

By Stewart Fast,  Queen’s University There are now more than 18,000 grid-connected solar power generation sites in Ontario and more than 50,000 proposals for solar generation.  Most of these sites are owned by individual households and some by community co-operatives like OREC. This is a significant change to the physical structure and ownership model of our electricity system. Instead of …

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Our Climate Reality

By Sean Magee, Bullfrog Power We are more certain than ever that human activities are driving global warming and climate change. The evidence is all around us: carbon emissions in the atmosphere are the highest they have ever been; severe weather events are happening more frequently (floods, droughts, fires); ice around the globe is disappearing (Arctic, Antarctic and glaciers); temperature …

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Community Power Co-ops Urge MPPs to Support Feed-In Tariff, Oppose Bill 39

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, April 17, 2013      TORONTO—Community power groups are opposed to Bill 39, a private member’s bill scheduled for a vote at Queen’s Park this Thursday, and are urging their MPPs to oppose it.  The Federation of Community Power Co-operatives (FCPC), an umbrella group representing over 20 community power organizations across Ontario, is concerned that Bill 39: An …

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