HAMPSHIRE COMMUNITY ENERGY CO-OP
Hampshire Community Energy Co-op is creating a sustainable and just energy future in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. It's part of the Co-op Power network of Community Energy Cooperatives.
They've just received a Department of Energy SunShot award in partnership with the Franklin CEC, Community Action and Climate Action Now to develop solar for nonprofits and people with limited resources. Their Project is called Rays the Valley. Click here to learn more.
Contact Tem Blessed for info about Hampshire CEC events: temblessed at gmail.com
Co-op Power members in Hampshire County and Franklin County have worked with other community leaders across New England and New York to build an innovative capitalization structure for community ownership and to establish Co-op Power's core products and services since 2005. They established criteria for identifying the new businesses and new products and services to bring to Co-op Power members and their communities. Leadership for these efforts came from David Biddle (Hatfield), Scott Kuhn (Northampton), Lynn Di Tullio (Whately), Sally Wright (Greenfield), Erik Hoffner (Ashfield), Tim Rice (Greenfield), Tom Leue(Ashfield) and many others.
Co-op Power members in Hampshire and Franklin Counties formed the Co-op Power Products and Services Work Group that had developed and monitored products and services to be offered to Co-op Power's members. This group created Co-op Power's Member to Member Solar Hot Water Installation program that saves members 40-50% on an installation. Scott Reed (Sunderland) and Nat Fortune (Whately) have provided valuable leadership for their work.
Co-op Power members have been involved in the Heating Fuel Buying Group with some serving on the Advisory Group for those purchases; others have been involved in the Wood Pellet Buying Group with some serving on the Advisory Group for those purchases; and many, many others have participated in the Member to Member Solar Hot Water Installation program, serving as team leaders for an installation every week for months at a time (many, many thanks to Scott Reed (Sunderland), Nat Fortune (Whately), John Howard (Northampton) and many more!).