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Energy generation has long been controlled by a few powerful groups.  But the landscape is changing. Widely available renewable energy technologies are shifting the way communities generate and distribute electricity. More than 700 individuals throughout Eastern Ontario have committed to bring more democracy and transparency to electricity generation by investing in local solar power projects. Diversify your portfolio with the planet and bring positive change to your community.

Call for Nominations: OREC Board of Directors

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative is now accepting nominations for new members of its Board of Directors. Individuals must be members of the Co-operative in order to serve on the board. The roles of board members are as follows: Regular attendance (in-person or...

Lunch & Learn: Exploring Energy Democracy

As distributed energy becomes increasingly widespread, it offers the opportunity to both drive and react to various changes in democratic systems, the policies within them, and broader society as a whole. Dr. Marie Clare Brisbois and her team, based out of Utrecht...

OREC Secures new Project in Hawkesbury

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op recently finalized agreements to officially secure another 500-kW ground-mount project just East of the Town of Hawkesbury. The project is co-owned by the Taykwa Tagamou Nation and the Hoy family, on whose land the project...

FIT Contracts to “Wind Down”: What does it mean for OREC?

On Friday, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) stated that, under the direction of the Progressive Conservative Party, certain prospective Feed-In Tariff projects would be “winding down”. This will affect all projects which have not yet received the...

Co-operative Adding two Projects to Grid

Far more people will be seeing community-owned solar in and around the Ottawa area. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative is looking forward to the imminent connection of two new projects, located at highly public sites just outside of Ottawa. The first is located...

The Power of Radio

OREC partners with Farm Radio International to promote solar in Tanzania Ownership of a solar home system can improve the quality of life and agricultural productivity of small-scale farmers in Africa. The falling price of these systems and the ability to pay for them...

Ontario Election: What it means for OREC

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative congratulates the Progressive Conservatives for their strong victory in the recent Ontario election.  There will certainly be changes in provincial climate, energy and electricity policies.  How they will affect the...

$859,500 Invested in Seven Weeks

Over the course of just seven weeks in early 2018, 94 members of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative invested nearly $860,000 in local solar power projects. This was the first half of the Co-operative’s sixth series of local solar investments.

Feb. 20 – HOW-TO Invest in Local Solar Power

This casual talk will cover the basics of community power in Ontario, impact investing, and how you can invest our the sixth series of local solar investments.

Feb. 17 – Vankleek Hill: Local Solar Investment Info Session

This brief talk will cover the basics of community power in Ontario, impact investing, and the unique features of the Alfred solar garden.

Invest in Real Assets

Our co-op’s solar projects range in size from 10 kW rural systems to larger arrays on industrial and school rooftops, to our largest project, a 500 kW ground mount in Alfred.

All of our 14 projects are generating clean power, and earning a solid return for our members. OREC’s portfolio amounts to 2 MW of installed capacity and is valued at almost $7 Million.

“I have seen firsthand the hard work, boundless energy, and sincere passion that the staff and volunteers invest in achieving OREC’s important mission. This is a sound investment — for your portfolio, for our community, and for the planet.”

Josh Snider, OREC Member & Investor

“I think OREC offers a brilliant opportunity for everyone to do something locally that is both profitable and environmentally responsible.”

Angela Keller-Herzog, OREC Member & Investor

I’ve always believed in alternative energy resources – especially harnessing the sun’s energy.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I could invest my earnings  in a socially responsible way and do so locally. I’ve been a member and investor since 2014 and there’s not doubt in my mind that OREC has made its mark in Ontario.  I’m happy to be part of the shift towards alternative energy sources, to help reduce my carbon footprint and to see the impact on our local economy as well.

B. Shah, OREC Member & Investor

Invest with an Impact

As a growing co-operative, OREC strives to play a positive role in Eastern Ontario’s increasingly clean and locally-financed energy landscape. Our 2017 Community Impact Report outlines the social, environmental, and economic benefits made possible through investment in the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative’s community-owned renewable energy projects.

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