SOLAR POWER = LOCALLY GENERATED POWER = CITIZEN OWNED POWER
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You will notice that the roofs of One World Bazaar has two large arrays of solar panels; they can generate up to 50KwH of electricity! There are three other smaller 10KwH solar systems in Manotick Station, one at the barn at Bakker’s General Store, a ground mount at the Bazaar and one at our neighbour to the west (on Mitch Owens).
In total, Manotick Station now has 80KwH of generation capacity. This little hamlet is now generating power for itself, especially during the hot summer days when the air-conditioning systems are working full out.
Manotick Station is now a little more self-reliant and independent and little less energy is wasted in transmission to meet peak demand requirements in the summer daytime. A small but important contribution to the local economy and the fight against climate change.
The 50KwH system on the Bazaar barns is owned by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative. OREC was founded in 2010 to enable residents of Eastern Ontario to invest in community owned renewable power generation. Their objective is to invest our members capital in community assets that generate clean electricity and/or reduce consumption, and to do so in ways that keep the jobs and profits within the community.
OREC now has over 900 members, who have financed our 22 solar, 2 wind turbines and 3 energy retrofit projects. These assets have allowed OREC to pay annual dividends since 2012, and return capital to our investors on a regular basis.
Please consider joining OREC if you would like to earn a fair return on your investment and use it as a catalyst to generate local jobs and sustainable economic development.
The OREC Community Impact Report describes how we recycle profits, jobs and electrons in our community.