Community Owned Energy
Our communities have a lot of power when they join together. Co-op Power is building community power to launch our Pathways to Power campaign for Community Solar in Brattleboro, Vermont and Northeast Biodiesel in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Co-op Power members and Local Organizing Councils are on the cusp of completing two community scale energy projects that will be owned and operated by the members of Co-op Power while providing clean sustainable energy for our region.
One of the most powerful benefits member receive for their membership in Co-op Power is the support they get for building community-owned green energy and green jobs in their communities. Your first form a Local Organizing Council, decide what green jobs and green business you need most in your community, gather new member equity to start your project, and then work with Co-op Power members, volunteers and staff to build the green jobs and green business you want most. See Bring Co-op Power to your Community for more information.
Members also make loans to support community scale renewable energy projects.
So far, we've invested $300,000 in member equity, more than $760,000 in member loans, and $830,000 in angel investment to create more than 100 jobs and $1.2 million in Co-op Power business assets.
Co-op Power Franklin County, Co-op Power Southern VT. and Co-op Power Hampshire County
Northeast Biodiesel is a 1.75 million gallon/year recycled vegetable oil biodiesel production facility. Northeast Biodiesel will be owned by the 430+ members of Co-op Power and the employees of Northeast Biodiesel. Community ownership of Northeast Biodiesel insures that the jobs and the fuel will stay local and benefit our communities. We are using recycled vegetable oil (RVO) because, according to the EPA, RVO is one of the best options for reducing carbon and sulfur emissions in fuel. Our fuel will be used to heat homes and provide transportation all over the Northeast! Learn more here
Community Solar incorporates some the best things Co-op Power strives for: community ownership, sustainable energy, green jobs, and lowering carbon emissions. In the past year, Co-op Power has developed the infrastructure to support groups of people coming together to own a solar electric array in cooperation, or to have Co-op Power own an array on your behalf. The 30.6 kW array on the Brattleboro Food Co-operative was our first installation and now we want to bring community power to you! There is so much we can accomplish together.
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.