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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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Oct. 1 – Alfred Project Launch w/ Free Tours & BBQ

Photo of the GP JOULE single axis tracker

Celebrate the Launch of P-R’s 1st Community-Owned Solar Power Project Grab a bite and learn how solar power is generated from industry experts between 10am and 2pm.  A launch ceremony at noon will present the project’s history and partnership with the Keewaywin First Nation, as well as speeches from local officials and government representatives. Kids can also learn about solar …

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Aug. 26 – Free Tour of Rapides-Farmer Generation Station

Rapides-Farmer Generating Station

Offered by Hydro Quebec and facilitated by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, this tour will bring together like-minded individuals for an overview of the landmark generating facility only minutes from downtown Ottawa. In the heart of Gatineau, just 6 km from Hull, lies Rapides-Farmer generating station, a landmark of Outaouais history. This gem of a power plant has been in operation …

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July 10 – Open House + Volunteer Orientation

Event at OREC office

Get the Full Scoop! Join us for an in-depth update on co-op activities. David Mazur-Goulet, OREC’s Communications Manager, will be sharing noteworthy updates including new project news, a recap on the fifth offering, upcoming events, and future endeavours (HINT: it involves SAVING energy). Get Involved Stick around after the talk to see how you can get involved.  View current volunteer …

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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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April 23 – North Grenville Sustainability Fair

Sustainable North Grenville volunteers at the 2016 North Grenville Sustainability Fair

Sustainable North Grenville is hosting a series of presentations and workshops at this year’s 10th annual NG Sustainability Fair and Market. There will be a wide range of exciting topics for living well and sustainably. Talk on Community Power in Ontario Join Dick Bakker at 12:30 p.m. to learn about the future of community power in Ontario. He will present …

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April 22 – Old Home Earth Day Event

Old Home Earth Day Event

In celebration of Earth Day, the Glebe Community Association is hosting the Old Home Earth Day Event to provide residents of older homes with an opportunity to learn and share ways they can conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and live more sustainability. Panel on Energy Transition Incentives From 10:00 to 11:30, attend a discussion moderated by Paul Dewar and including …

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Field Notes From Tanzania – Part 1: Innovative Use of Solar Radios

FRI broadcasters in Tanzania

Roger Peters, an OREC Board Member, shares with us how solar technology is being used in Tanzania in a four part blog series. If you are poor farmer in rural Tanzania with cell phone service but no electric power or internet, how do you get ahead? First you form a radio listening group with other women in your community and …

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