The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) is extremely proud to announce that one of our projects has won an award at the Power Prosperity Awards 2016. This event, organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) recognizes organizations who champion sustainable energy to power, heat, cool and move Ontario’s prosperity, creating good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments.

The Community Project award was given for a project installed atop the École élémentaire et secondaire Maurice-Lapointe last week. In partnership with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), this project marks Ottawa’s 1,000th solar rooftop installation. École Maurice-Lapointe has solar panels on its roof that produces nearly 260,000 kilowatt hours per year, equivalent to powering 21 homes, over the course of the system’s 20-year Feed-In Tariff.

OREC has been working towards increasing renewable energy capacity in Eastern Ontario since 2010. To date, $5 million in financial investments from our 500 members has generated one megawatt through 13 projects in and around the City of Ottawa. That equates to reducing CO2 emissions by 50,000 tonnes or planting 400,000 trees.

“This project would not be possible without the confidence of our 500 members who see their investment portfolios as a tool to make our region a leader in clean energy and earn financial returns at the same time.” Janice Ashworth, operations manager at the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative.

“The Maurice Lapointe project stands as a testament to Ottawa residents’ commitment to making the transition to a more sustainable, green economy, and to their dedication to making community-owned renewable energy a reality across the city.” Extract of Excerpt from Summary of Reasons OSEA