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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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A reminder that SSREC's AGM will be held online via Zoom THIS WEDNESDAY, June 12. We have a great guest speaker, Karl Rábago, from Rabagoenergy LLC, who will kick off the meeting at 7 pm, speaking about "The Value of Solar - to you, the grid and the globe". Karl's talk will be followed by our business meeting, including updates on BCHydro consultations.Non-SSREC members are welcome, but please rsvp to ssrecinfo@gmail.com, so we can send you the zoom link. ... See MoreSee Less
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SSREC's AGM will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, June 12. We have a great guest speaker, Karl Rábago, from Rabagoenergy LLC, who will kick off the meeting at 7 pm, speaking about "The Value of Solar - to you, the grid and the globe". Karl's talk will be followed by our business meeting, including updates on BCHydro consultations.The Zoom link will be sent to SSREC members a few days before the meeting. Non-SSREC members are welcome, but please rsvp at ssrecinfo@gmail.com, so we can send you the zoom link. ... See MoreSee Less
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Farewell to the TSS EV Working Group!🚗💨After over a decade of dedicated service, the TSS EV Working Group will be wrapping up their efforts. With EVs now mainstream, the need for education and advocacy has diminished since the group's inception.TSS would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all involved. Your hard work and achievements have left a lasting impact on our community. Special gratitude to Jim Standen , Barbara Dempster, David Elderton, Dennis Fortin, Ky Fox, Andrew Haigh, John Holmes, Peter Lamb, Dennis Lucarelli, Will Mayhew, Tom Mitchell, John N, Ron Watts, Robin Williams, and Markus Wenzel for their dedication and passion.🙏Take a look at their celebration and farewell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH81Z3rc6a4Thank you for your contributions to current and future islanders!#electricvehicle #evs #electricvehicles ... See MoreSee Less
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"We're really excited that this is the first stage of our solar power, and I believe our future generations will benefit." Chief Lynda Price The Ulkatcho First Nation plans to achieve energy sovereignty by constructing Canada's largest off-grid solar power farm. Search “First Nation sees path to 'energy sovereignty' in solar farm” on the CBC News website. ... See MoreSee Less
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