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Local Opportunities in Renewable Energy

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Local Opportunities in Renewable Energy

Does your business have a suitable roof for a solar installation, but no time or skills to develop a project? Or have you wanted to invest in wind or solar power but lacked the opportunity? Community-owned power initiatives are emerging across Ontario, and offer a sound opportunity for both individual investment and community building. LIFE Co-op and CREW are working to make community-owned renewable power part of our local experience, and want to share our understanding of the opportunities.

This meeting will outline the environmental, social and economic benefits of community power, and will discuss opportunities to participate in local community power initiatives:

1) The St Agatha Wind Project, led by LIFE Co-op, involves a single 2MW wind turbine to be built near the village of St Agatha (west of Waterloo), which will be owned by a community of local member-investors.

2) CREW’s Solar City initiative, through a grant from the City of Kitchener’s Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), offers education and a financial contribution toward the development of microFIT solar projects on the rooftops of local faith communities’ buildings.

3) CREW’s Solar City Co-op Initiative is aimed at connecting owners of potential solar sites (rooftop or ground) with local investors interested in solar power, and facilitating projects through the creation of a number of local renewable energy co-operatives.

Where: Conestoga Room, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W

When: January 10, 2012

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

For more information see:

LIFE Co-op (

Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) (


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