Community Solar--Brattleboro, Vermont
Co-op Power of Southern Vermont
We're taking it to the rooftops! Co-op Power, with the help of Solar Source has installed a 30.6kW solar electric array on the roof of the new Brattleboro Food Co-op owned by Co-op Power members to contribute to the energy needs of the food co-op.
This project serves as an example that we can accomplish things together that we may not be able to on our own. By pooling our resources cooperatively we all benefit and we lessen our impact on the planet.
We’re holding a new member drive and member loan campaign that started in October, scheduled to coincide with Co-op Month in the International Year of Cooperatives to get more people involved in this awesome project. We are hoping to recruit 50 new members. Every new member will help support the Community Solar Project.
It’s an exciting time for us now. We secured a loan from Equity Trust, thanks to some networking from member Alice Maes. It’s our job now to raise money from new memberships (hopefully 50) and new member loans (hopefully $100,000) to pay off the Equity Trust loan, reduce our cost of capital, and get more people involved in creating community solar projects in our region.
If you are ready to join Co-op Power and direct your equity to support to our Community Solar project, get your member signup forms on-line or contact Lynn at Lynn@cooppower.coop. We’d love to put together a major show of support from you, our members, as we begin to get real traction in our mission to build community ownership of the clean energy resources we depend on most.
Please let us know if you’re able to help staff tables, write press releases, write emails, send out info to your online networks, staff our phone-a-thons, or just ask your friends to participate. If we all do what we can, we’ll accomplish a great deal.
Thanks for your support,