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Doing Well While Doing Good: Raising Community Capital

On June 19th the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative will be holding the 5th Annual Community Energy Retreat at Wintergreen Studios, along with long-term partners, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario. Event Summary: This year’s retreat will feature case studies and examples of how community funds were leveraged for a variety Read More

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Buy Solar Bonds Now!

In the spirit of co-operation among co-ops, Wintergreen and SolarShare will develop solar projects in the Kingston area as partners. Two of our 600 kW OPA applications to build solar projects under the province’s Feed-in Tariff program have advanced to the next stage along the path to contract offers.  If the projects receive final approval, Read More

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Samsø Island, Denmark: Renewable Energy Fuels Everything

Scarcely a decade ago, the 4,000 inhabitants of Samsø Island, Denmark, decided to do away with carbon fuels. What an inspiring story — and result. The documentary below was produced by a man named Hans Christian Andersen. But it’s not a fairy tale. It is, however, a story worth telling. Take 5 minutes to watch the Read More

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Feldheim, Germany becomes a model for renewables!

The small town of Feldheim, Germany, is making a big difference in the realm of renewable energy! After the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, there was a planned phase-out for Germany’s nuclear power plants. Feldheim is the only town in Germany that started its own energy grid and gets all of its electricity and heating through local Read More

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Reflections on Community, Cooperatives and the Future

Shane Mulligan, of LIFE Co-op in south western Ontario, along with OSEA (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association), has just returned home from a renewable energy-themed trip to Germany. The focus was cooperative ownership of renewable energy projects. Pasted below is brief excerpt from his blog. To read the full posting, click here. In all these cases, the basic premise is Read More

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Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan – Have your say in our clean energy future today!

Ontario is asking for your opinion on its Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP)! Twenty of Ontario’s major environmental organizations are working together to advocate for Ontario’s environment. Visit their site to find out how you can have your say in our clean energy future. Here’s a sample of what they’ve got to say: “The government needs to hear from Read More

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Reflections on Community, Cooperatives and the Future

Shane Mulligan, of LIFE Co-op in south western Ontario, along with OSEA (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association), has just returned home from a renewable energy-themed trip to Germany. The focus was cooperative ownership of renewable energy projects. Pasted below is brief excerpt from his blog. To read the full posting, click here. In all these cases, Read More