One pleasurable and simple way to move your life away from fossil fuels is with solar cooking. The fuel is always free and renewable! Solar cookers come in many sizes and designs, but we've selected two of the best for members to enjoy at discounted rates (up to 20% off). Each of these companies has an extensive program to distribute these stoves in energy-poor regions of the world, so sales of their cookers here supports their work to prevent illnesses and deaths due to smoke inhalation (and also protects forests) there. Learn more and find out how to get your discount at our Solar Cooking page.
Now is a great time to join Co-op Power because members can enjoy a 35% discount on Stiebel products from now until June 20th! Stiebel makes top quality solar hot water collectors, tankless water heaters, solar system controllers and line sets, heat pump water heaters, and more. See the full catalog here. You can buy and install the equipment yourself, hire a licensed technician you've worked with before to do the job, or work with one of our suggested installers. It's up to you!
Members normally enjoy a 25% discount on Stiebel products (and non-members can order equipment via us for 15% off). The lifetime membership rate of $975 can easily be recouped with one order, opening the door to many benefits like discounts on other products and services, a stake in the many renewable energy businesses that the co-op owns or co-owns (like Northeast Biodiesel and community shared solar arrays), and a say in how this effort toward freedom from fossil fuels develops over time. See full details on membership here, and go here to see what folks are saying about membership.
The membership rate for farmers is $750, and limited income folks earning less than $30,000/year and having assets of less than $25,000 (excluding a home) can join for just $500. A flexible payment plan is also available.
Join today and begin enjoying all the benefits of membership! If you're already a member and ready to order Stiebel products, please contact Junio to get started at 413-772-8898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recorder reports on how owners of rental properties work with businesses like Co-op Power to increase the value and efficiency of their units via the Mass Save program, here. The co-op has been coordinating a grant program at the center of this feature that's been convincing landlords (and others) around Franklin County to get their energy assessments done.
After many delays, Eversource has approved our application to tie the planned 595 KW community owned solar array in Greenfield to the electrical grid. This is good news for energy democracy in western Massachusetts! Read all about it via this front page feature in The Recorder this week.
We're proud of this new profile of our work, "Energy Democracy: Co-op Power, A Profile in Cooperative Ownership," an exciting report from the Center for Social Inclusion. It's very gratifying to have the co-op's work spotlighted by CSI, which works to identify and support policy strategies that transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. Download it here.
Co-op Power was featured this week at the site of the excellent new climate change documentary about Naomi Klein's book of the same name, This Changes Everything, an important new voice on the international conversation about the climate challenge. Read it here.
The writer interviewed local economy expert and author Michael Shuman (Local Dollars, Local Sense) who called Co-op Power “One of the most innovative co-ops in the country and a leader in the local investment movement. Their structure, their democracy, the way in which they’re bringing benefits to members, all of that is pretty cutting edge,” he said.