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CLEAN ENERGY IN THE GULF ISLANDS!

Salish Sea Renewable Energy Co-operative

SSREC* is a member-run co-operative of Salish Sea residents and property owners in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada – Pender Island, Mayne Island, Galiano Island, Penelakut Island, Saturna Island, Salt Spring Island and Thetis Island.     *Affectionately pronounced “Shrek”

CLEAN ENERGY IN THE GULF ISLANDS!

Salish Sea Renewable Energy Co-operative (SSREC)

The SSREC is a member-run co-operative of Salish Sea residents and property owners in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada – Pender Island, Mayne Island, Galiano Island, Penelakut Island, Saturna Island, Salt Spring Island and Thetis Island.

The SSREC purchases and installs renewable (often solar-powered) energy systems for members and within the community.

Co-op Purposes

  • To promote, support, and/or facilitate the installation of low-carbon renewable energy systems on the Gulf Islands
  • To advocate for low-carbon renewable energy policy by governments and public agencies
  • To support training and education on the islands related to low-carbon renewable energy systems
  • In the last six years, SSREC has been instrumental in the installation of close to 110 solar arrays on roofs of residential and community buildings, and a few ground mounts, around the Southern Gulf Islands
  • We’ve installed close to 3000 panels with a total capacity exceeding 850 kW
  • These PV arrays generate close to 900,000 kWh of electricity a year, while preventing the emission of almost 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year over hydroelectricity

Co-op Purposes

  • To promote, support, and/or facilitate the installation of low-carbon renewable energy systems on the Gulf Islands
  • To advocate for low-carbon renewable energy policy by governments and public agencies
  • To support training and education on the islands related to low-carbon renewable energy systems

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Current Initiatives

Ten Solar Power Myths

SSREC’s Tom Mommsen debunks ten myths about solar power, myths like “we don’t get enough sun”, or “it’s too expensive”, or “it’s too complicated”…

Advocating for Fair
Net-metering Policy

Tell the provincial government that BC Hydro should support installation of residential and community-scale solar systems

Community Presentations

Solar myths and solar truths. Why install solar? How much does it cost?

FEATURED ARTICLE

Community Solar in BC – A Short Primer

This article was first published in early 2017, and since then the community of Hudson’s Hope has been busy installing 500 kW solar PV on public buildings, and the Upper Nicola Band is embarking on a 15 MW solar project, while two independent utilities (Summerland, New Westminster) have seen the light and follow Nelson in installing community solar. On the negative side, BC Hydro’s standing offer programs have since been suspended, and BC Hydro is attacking the net-metering program with an application to the BC Utilities Commission to limit net-metering. Link: http://www.bcuc.com/ApplicationView.aspx?ApplicationId=629

Join the Coop!

Members are eligible to participate in upcoming group purchases of solar equipment and installation

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