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  • OSEA: Oxford Community Energy Co-operative awarded Community Project of the Year Award
    Resources Resource Library Community Power Community Power Publications Energy Policy Economics Guidebooks and Tools Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates OSEA Member News News Updates OSEA Member News Oxford Community Energy Co operative awarded Community Project of the Year Award The Oxford Community Energy Co operative was created 18 short months ago and has already captured the Community Project of the Year Award OXFORD COUNTY Oxford Community Energy Co operative has won the Powering Prosperity Award for community project of the year OCEC was presented with the award at the 5th annual Powering Prosperity awards dinner hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association in cooperation with the Carpenter s Union The community project of the year award is presented to champions of sustainable energy who are helping the province transition into a sustainable energy economy OCEC was created 18 months ago and shared the Community Project of the Year award with SolarShare a non for profit solar energy co operative OCEC s President Helmut Schneider accepted the award from OSEA s Director of Finance Operations at a gala with over 300 leaders in sustainable

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  • OSEA: Our Nissan Leaf's Electricity Consumption Early 2015
    hour our Electric Vehicle EV was affecting our consumption Importantly we don t have solar PV and we re not on any special rate plan We live a normal middle class lifestyle but there s just the two of us and we don t have anything fancy like a swimming pool or Jacuzzi Our consumption was always around that of the baseline for this climate zone However fifteen years ago we put in practice the techniques of energy conservation I preach As a result we cut our consumption nearly 50 Until the advent of our EV our consumption averaged 3 500 kWh per year or about that of the typical European family and about half that of the typical California residential consumer Obviously plugging in and charging our EV will change that and it did The results though are not disheartening PG E s chart of our consumption for February is shown at right As you can see the days we charged the EV clearly show on the chart Our kWh consumption rose dramatically from the month s daily average Here s the EV s consumption from the mileage log and the kWh meter on our wall mounted EVSE We used nearly 120 kWh in February costing us about 20 We covered nearly 500 miles from those kWh We consumed a total of 287 kWh in February EV charging accounted for 40 of that Even with EV charging we were within 10 of the baseline of 6 500 kWh per year I checked January as well In January we were 108 or about 10 above the baseline It cost us 0 04 per mile to fuel the EV How does this stack up to a gasser as EV drivers call conventional gasoline powered cars I calculated the cost per mile

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy, what are we waiting for?
    potential solar owners calculate their roof s potential Woodstock Hydro s customers can now easily assess whether their roof is suitable for solar and what it s potential generating capacity and financial benefits will be under the Independent Electricity System Operator s Micro Feed in Tariff program Local generation is an opportunity for residents and municipalities Throughout our discussion Jay spoke a lot about collaboration with a community in Germany Communities around the world are striving for and reaching 100 net renewable energy It is possible and already exists In fact according to Go 100 Percent www go100percent org 8 countries 49 cities 56 regions 8 utilities 21 non profit and public institutions and more than 50 4 million people are now committed to the transition to a 100 sustainable energy system Jay emphasized that Some communities in Denmark and Germany are generating as much electricity as they require over the course of a year from renewable energy technologies and as a result are creating local employment and retaining millions of dollars within the local economy The benefits of self generation from a personal and community perspective are massive OSEA s 20 20 Roadmap Blog has details about several other jurisdictions leading the way to 100 sustainable energy like El Hierro in the Canary Islands and Juehnde the bio energy town in Germany http roadmapto2020 tumblr com Another great source of information is the Samsø Island Energy Academy in Denmark http energiakademiet dk en Plug in and move During the course of the interview Mr Heaman shared some of the innovative work Woodstock Hydro has been involved in regarding electric mobility and the challenges associated with the rapidly emerging technology Here is how he described their cool car story Electric mobility is expected to increase significantly over the next few years representing both an opportunity and a risk to electric utility companies In the fall of 2012 Woodstock Hydro purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car for the purpose of studying the potential impact of wide scale electric vehicle EV charging on our transformers and wires We installed a 3 5 KW solar array connected to an EV charging station to determine how much renewable energy was required to support the Leaf as a fleet vehicle for a year Over the past two years our Leaf has travelled roughly 6 000 km year Amazingly we ve come to the conclusion that the current 3 5 KW system could support up to three Nissan Leafs per year So what conclusions has the team at Woodstock Hydro reached EVs will be a game changer and we may not be prepared to handle a rapidly increasing number of EVs charging using the grid but we could be Woodstock Hydro is continuing to explore how best to improve its infrastructure and support of EVs Jay continues Imagine what opportunity that awaits all of us if we installed solar at home and at our places of work so that we could commute without having to buy

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  • OSEA: Sumac Ridge Approved by Environmental Review Tribunal
    REA application The decision was released today Sumac Ridge will be located within the former Township of Manvers in the City of Kawartha Lakes A 40 million development with strict domestic content requirements the Sumac Ridge project will bring an estimated 200 jobs to the area during construction wpd is committed to using competitively priced local labour and services as much as possible Once constructed the Sumac Ridge project will feed an estimated 26 497 200 kWh of clean renewable energy annually into the electricity grid this is equivalent to the average annual power use of 1 514 homes We re obviously pleased with the decision from the ERT said wpd Canada President Ian MacRae Sumac Ridge has gone through months of review and scrutiny both through the Ministry of Environment approval process and the ERT appeal The Sumac Ridge REA was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change MOECC on June 28 2012 After undergoing a thorough review for over 17 months the REA was granted by MOECC Director in December 2013 Wind energy projects granted an REA can be appealed to the ERT The appeal for Sumac Ridge was filed on December 23rd 2013 Hearings began mid January 2014 Forty three witnesses testified over the course of fourteen days of evidence before final arguments were made on January 23rd 2015 The parties appealing the approval argued that Sumac Ridge would harm both the natural environment and human health and called witnesses to support their position added MacRae The independent panel reviewed all the evidence and in the end did not agree and we re now in a position to move forward with Sumac Ridge wpd Canada is based in Mississauga and employs a growing number of Canadian professionals active in wind energy project development in

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  • OSEA: Canadian Solar to Acquire Recurrent Energy from Sharp Corporation for $265 Million
    to 8 5 GW and its late stage project pipeline by approximately 1 0 GW to 2 4 GW Located in California and Texas Recurrent s 1 0 GW late stage pipeline is one of the largest utility scale project portfolios scheduled to be built prior to the ITC expiration in 2016 and represents an estimated revenue opportunity of at least 2 3 billion for Canadian Solar under a build and sell business model The transaction further expands Canadian Solar s position as a leading solar energy developer with a globally diversified project pipeline in low risk geographies In addition this transaction broadens Canadian Solar s project development and financing capabilities and enhances the Company s position for creating its own Yield Co in the quarters ahead The acquisition of Recurrent is an important milestone for us as it significantly expands and strengthens our position in the North American market and places Canadian Solar firmly among the leading global solar energy companies said Dr Shawn Qu Canadian Solar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer By combining Canadian Solar s global reach and experience with Recurrent s proven solar energy development track record in the US and Canada we are significantly expanding the scale of our solar energy development platform At the same time this transaction broadens our strategic options to extend our business model from development and construction into potential ownership and operation of solar power plants as we work to create additional value for our shareholders Canadian Solar is a key player in the industry and we are fortunate that our collective visions for the future of the solar market are very much aligned said Arno Harris Recurrent Energy Chief Executive Officer We look forward to close collaboration with our new parent company to bring solar power further into mainstream

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  • OSEA: Samsung, Pattern Energy and Six Nations Complete Wind Energy Project in Ontario
    2018 We would like to thank the Six Nations and the community of Haldimand for their support We re proud to bring our proven technology to the Grand Renewable Wind project and to continue to provide Ontario with jobs economic growth and affordable and sustainable wind energy said Jacob Andersen Head of Wind Power Renewables Siemens Canada Limited Grand Renewable Wind utilizes 67 Siemens 2 3 MW wind turbines with blades and towers that were made in Ontario Siemens turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg manufactured the blades for the project and CS Wind s facility in Windsor used Ontario made steel to manufacture the turbine towers The Grand Renewable Wind facility had more than 500 workers on site during peak construction and created 12 full time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance Over 98 of the workforce was comprised of workers from Ontario which were involved in every aspect of the project from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine components to site construction installation work and project operations Altogether Samsung and Pattern Energy s wind power projects in Ontario are creating thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs contributing significant property taxes in host communities and providing millions of dollars for schools and important community projects In a historic first for Ontario Samsung and Pattern Energy have entered into an equity partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River The Six Nations community owns 10 of the Grand Renewable Wind project Samsung and Pattern Energy also provided a 400 000 donation to the Grand River Post Secondary Education Office which will increase opportunities for Six Nations students Acting on their commitment to make a positive impact in their project communities Samsung and Pattern Energy have introduced the more than 15 million Community Vibrancy Fund for Haldimand County The fund will support local community environment health and wellness initiatives The fund will provide a stable source of support over the next 20 years The electricity from Grand Renewable Wind which is helping Ontario reach its clean energy goals is committed to the Independent Electricity System Operator IESO under a 20 year power purchase agreement About Samsung Renewable Energy Inc Samsung Renewable Energy is creating clean renewable energy for generations to come Together with our partners Samsung is making a 5 billion investment in Ontario to create the world s largest cluster of wind and solar power Our investments will create 900 direct renewable energy manufacturing jobs and 9 000 high skilled jobs in Ontario Built on Samsung C T s commercial and technical expertise and the success of its renewable energy projects in several countries including the United States and Europe Samsung is creating real jobs through real investment benefitting real people For more information please visit www samsungrenewableenergy ca About Pattern Energy Pattern Energy Group Inc Pattern Energy is an independent power company listed on the NASDAQ PEGI and Toronto Stock Exchange PEG Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 12 wind power projects with a total owned interest of

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  • OSEA: Solar Energy: A leap of faith
    Renewable Energy Revival for Faith Communities to support Ontario s diverse faith groups in becoming solar energy community leaders GSS assists faith communities to be more sustainable in their places of worship energy and water conservation green audits climate change action divesting from fossil fuels local food security are just some of the work this charity delivers since 2005 Already of the faith communities known to have solar installations 120 are in their network Thanks to Ontario s Feed in Tariff FIT and Micro FIT programs a 20 year contract with the government for renewable energy generation faith communities continue to have a unique opportunity to be part of our clean energy future In recent years through their existing Solar Faith Initiative many faith communities have received mentoring in solar energy engagement including educational events case studies presentations and so on Once a project has been paid off around 9 years the ongoing payments the religious group receives from the Independent Electricity Systems Operator IESO as the rooftop continues to generate power can be put towards financing initiatives and programs that fit with their mission not only at their places of worship but also in the broader community It s a win win situation so why haven t more faith groups seen the light It seems like the excitement of the early adapters has somewhat faded Confidence in the program is undermined possibly because of a perceived high risk of failure Could it be due to the negative media stories that focus on policy implementation delays and unsuccessful FIT applications Revitalizing Solar for Faith Groups project aims to counteract the stalled momentum and negative perception of solar energy initiatives Because of the natural fit between faith groups and the FIT program faith communities need encouragement and support to act as

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  • OSEA: Ontario’s Sustainable Energy Sector Recognizes Champions and Celebrates Success
    in less than a year has become fully operational professionally managed by local community leaders and has raised close to 5 million with more than 50 of the investment coming from the local vicinity For more information and to learn how you can invest please contact http oxfordcommunityenergycoop wildapricot org and for help with getting your own community project or to find a community partner please contact http ontariosustainability ca Solar Share Co operative Since 2011 SolarShare Co operative has been at the forefront of the Community Power landscape enabling citizens to invest in solar energy projects across Ontario Solar Share reaches about 50 000 people annually through its outreach hase secured more than 700 investors completed 25 projects and collectively raised 5 5 million in bonds Solar Share is the firest renewable energy co op to achieve RRSP eligibility and continues to support the democratization of energy through renewables For more information and to learn how you can invest please contact http www solarbonds ca Developer of the Year As a municipal entity Brant Renewable Energy has secured 1 3MW of Feed in tariff rooftop solar contracts helped many residents install solar partnered with Six Nations Sustainability Brant Renewable Energy Co op and various businesses on several ground breaking projects installed electric charging stations and is now investing in communications infrastructure and a potential hydro site Brant s various initiatives are providing good green jobs to local contractors reducing the county s emissions empowering local residents strengthening ties with its neighbours and generating significant non tax based revenue To find out more please contact http brantrenewable ca Manufacturer of the Year two winners Celestica develops designs manufacturers and tests renewable energy products such as solar panels and inverters Celestica is a key cog in the sustainable energy supply chain and is committed to integrating sustainable practices into its manufacturing and business processes In the past year Celestica has launched a modeling process to identify ways to reduce energy use when producing solar panels as well as a Sustainable Workspace Program to educate and engage employees To find out more please contact http www celestica com Gerald van Decker of RenewABILITY Energy Inc manufacturers the DWHR Power Pipe an energy efficiency solution that passively captures thermal energy from building s drain water that would otherwise be wasted and can reduce heating energy consumption by 20 35 Gerald has been a strong advocate in Canada the US France the UK and the Netherlands for the incorporation of the Power Pipe into their building codes The use of this smart technology is becoming increasingly common practice with over 35 000 systems now installed in Ontario To find out more please contact http www renewability com Smartpreneur of the Year Phillip Playfair founded Lowfoot in 2009 to leverage the data produced by smart meters to drive consumer behavioural change in the Ontario and Texas markets Lowfoot works with utilities and energy providers to forecast load understand consumer behavior incent change and empower users

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