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Why join the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative?

Do you want to put your money behind the surging transition to renewable energy? Are you searching for the chance to invest in your  local economy? Are you looking to join an organization in which you have a vote in deciding where and how it spends your money? Become a member of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, and put an end to your search. A lifetime membership share with the Co-operative $100. Membership shares support our operations and administrative costs, while allowing you to vote at member meetings. Any resident of Eastern Ontario can become a member. You can also join OREC if you live near a project that OREC is developing or has acquired. 

Eastern Ontario includes:

  • The City of Ottawa
  • United Counties of Prescott and Russell
  • United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Lanark County
  • Renfrew County
  • The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville,
  • Frontenac County
  • Kingston

In addition, individuals living in the following counties are able to join: Huron, Bruce, Grey, Perth, Middlesex, Lambton and Wellington.

Membership allows you to invest in OREC’s renewable energy projects by purchasing preference shares and investment notes that are available on a regular basis. Investment is really how the magic happens. All 28 of the Co-operative’s active renewable energy and energy efficiency projects are financed by its members and are located in the Eastern and Southwestern Ontario region. Our members and their investments have enabled a lot of positive change in their own communities. Our 2021 Community Impact Report highlights some of those benefits.

By becoming a member today, you will be:

  • Helping Ontario move towards 100% renewable energy
  • Amplifying your voice through collective action
  • Increasing the Co-operative’s influence and reach
  • Joining a like-minded community of neighbours, friends, and family
  • Supporting local business and institutions by investing in your region’s economy

Our members also gain access to:

  • A 10% discount for life at Terra20
  • A 15% discount for life on a subscription to the National Observer
  • Our regular newsletter chalk full of renewable energy news and local environmental events
  • The opportunity to run for a seat on our illustrious Board of Directors or one of the Co-operative’s advisory teams

Interested in joining?

Please submit your membership application online (see below). If you prefer filling a ‘paper’ form, please contact us at info@orec.ca and we’ll be happy to ‘walk’ you through it.

Already a member?

Don’t keep all the goodness of the Co-op all to yourself! Members of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative can take advantage of our Membership Referral Program, and earn one of the amazing gifts shown below!

Stay tuned for more opportunities with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative

When regulations enable, the Co-operative may choose to offer renewable electricity credits to members under virtual net metering rules. The Co-operative may then pay patronage dividends to members based on their purchases. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay connected to everything the Co-op is working towards. Learn more about virtual net-metering here.

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