SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011 - (Page 35)

Feature COMMUNITy POWER GROUPS IMPACT INVESTING IN THE SOLARSHARE CO-OPERATIVE WHEN EXAMINING THE wide-reaching benefits of Ontario’s Feedin-Tariff program, there are few more convincing success stories than those that highlight the mounting achievements of community power groups. The SolarShare Co-operative, recently developed by TREC (TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative), is inviting Ontarians to “Solar Power their Portfolios.” With the intention of reaching individuals who would otherwise not have access to solar generation (those living in apartments, shaded homes or having limited capital for project investment) SolarShare takes on the initial investment, risk and work in installing PV projects across Ontario. Now that SolarShare owns 18 projects representing over 600 kW of capacity, they have launched an offering of Community Solar Bonds to the public. In order to purchase a bond, individuals first join the co-op, earning a vote in meetings, including the Annual continued on page 36 PHOTO COURTESY TREC RENEWABLE ENERGY COOPERATIVE S Lutions Fall/Winter 2011 • 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011

About CanSIA
On the Right Track
Pushing the Envelope
A Solar Tax Credit
Community Power Groups
Teaching the Standard
Cutting Through the Haze
Driving Long-Term Growth
Overwhelming Interest
Proof is in the Pilot
Green Energy Gets the Green Light
Built for Light Loads
Membership Bloom
What CanSIA Does for Your Organization
Solar Calendar

SOLutions - Fall/Winter 2011