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Client: BrightSky Power Community Solar Co-operative
BrightSky Power is an initiative of the Burlington Green Environmental Association, a non-profit organization working to make Burlington a healthy and environmentally responsible city. We have assited BrightSky Power to secure development funding and are currently acting as project managers in the development of their 50KW rooftop solar PV project. Once complete, Burlintonians and residents of Halton region will have the opportunity to join the BrightSky Power Co-op and invest directly in this local solar power project.
Client: Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (FENFC) is one of 29 Friendship Centres in Ontario. It serves the urban Aboriginal population by providing various programs such as the Community Action Program for Children, a Healing and Wellness Program, and Native Alternative School. We have assited FENFC to secure development funding and are currently acting as project managers in the development of their 80KW rooftop solar PV project.
Client: Harry Van der Maarl
Client: Jim Morrison
Client: Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association
This project is an initiative of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association, a not-for-profit association dedicated to protecting, maintaining, and restoring the waterfronts of Port Dover, Ontario. The association intends to reinvest proceeds from the waterpower project into local waterfront preservation and community-based initiatives. The CPSG is assisting the assosication in securing development stage funding and has been retained as project managers.
Client: Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Energy Co-operative Inc.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Power Association has an agreement with the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to develop a 250KW solar power project on the roof of the Clippers Sports Complex with the intent of returning surplus revenue to the broader community and to local investors. The CPSG is assisting the association in securing development stage funding and has been retained as project managers.
Client: Barrie Windcatchers Co-operative
Barrie Windcatchers is an initiative of LivingGreen Barrie, a local environmental non-profit that has been organizing community environmental initiatives for over 20 years. The Windcatchers has an agreement with the City of Barrie to develop a 2MW wind power project located at the municipal landfill site. Barrie residents will have the opportunity to join the Windcatchers Co-op and invest directly in their local wind power. The CPSG is assisting the Windcatchers Co-op in securing development stage funding and has been retained as project managers.
Client: Beach Community Energy Co-operative Inc.
Beach Community Power Association is an association of neighbours and parents of students of Kew Beach Public School in Toronto. The Toronto District School Board has approved capital funding for 23KW of solar power capacity and an additional 50KW will be developed by the Beach Community Power Association as a community investment opportunity open to all resdents. The CPSG has assisted the assosication in securing development stage funding and has been retained as project managers.
Client: McNeil Family Farm
The MacNeil family farm, in Canfield, Ontario will soon be the site of a 100KW solar power installation. The system will be located on the roof of their new poultry barn that will house their broiler operatio. The CPSG has helped the MacNeils secure development funding and has been retained as project managers.
Client: John & Christina Bouwers
The CPSG secured development stage funding and has been contracted to carry out various project development and management activities for John & Christina Bouwers' Solar PV rooftop project. The project is sited on the barn of their family farm in Welland, Ontario. The Bouwers are excited about the opportunity this project presents to supplement their farming income and help the environment.
Mississauga First Nation Community Solar PV Project
In the spring of 2011, the CPSG was contracted to conduct a pre-feasibility analysis for a solar power project located on the Mississauga First Nation Sports Complex. Project activities included initial community engagement information and education meetings, a resource assessment, grid connection evaluation, a RETscreen analysis, and the development of a preliminary business plan.
Action Research Project: Community Engagement and Partnership Best Practices
In the winter of 2011 the CPSG, on behalf of OSEA, spearheaded a participatory action research project to collaboratively establish community engagement and partnership best practices for use in Ontario's renewable energy sector. The initiative was led by a steering committee consisting of progressive commercial proponents, community power proponents, government representatives, farmer and community associations, and public communication companies. The work culminated in a summary report from a stakeholder session on March 28th, 2011, outlining current sector challenges with regards to community engagement and practical actions for moving forward.
View report: Summary of action research workshop ()
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve Community Energy Action Plan, Phase 1
In the fall of 2010 and winter of 2011, the CPSG conducted a Community Energy Baseline Study and Profile for Wikwemikong First Nation. The objective of the study was to identify the current energy consumption demand needed to operate the community's essential facilities. The study covered 1) types of energy utilized and related end use 2) total energy amounts and related costs, and 3) green house gas emissions related to each energy source. The study was an important foundational step to actively pursuing community inspired actions to reduce energy consumption, develop strategies to generate alternative/renewable energy, and to reduce green house gases.
View Report: Community Energy Action Plan: Energy Profile (Phase 1) ()
View: Community Energy Profile Poster ()
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (NUUC)
In 2009 and 2010, neighbours and members of NUUC collaborated to develop a 25KW solar power project on the south face of the church's roof. The CPSG assisted NUUC in raising the remaining $110,000 required to purchase and install their solar system by marketing their debenture investment offering to OSEA's network of 7,000+ individuals, community groups, and businesses
Community Power Solutions for the Town of Newmarket - Community Energy Planning
Newmarket Hydro commissioned the CPSG in the spring of 2010 to investigate opportunities for Newmarket Hydro to become involved and promote Community Power projects within its service areas. The work was guided by six critical tasks including community engagement, identification of energy use integration opportunities and research on municipal best practices. It culminated in a report outlining recommendations and strategies for moving forward.
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