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  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Oxford Community Energy Cooperative (“OCEC”), Prowind Inc. (“Prowind”) and Arntjen Solar North America (“Arntjen Solar”) are pleased to announce the achievement of commercial operation on their first community-owned solar project located in the City of Woodstock. This project is the first of four owned by the Oxford Community Solar One LP (the “LP”), which is a Limited Partnership comprised of the Oxford County Renewable Energy Partners Inc., OCEC, Prowind, and Arntjen Solar, that generate electricity under the Independent Electricity Systems Operator’s (“IESO”) Feed-in-Tariff Program.

    The first project to be completed is the AccuWright project, a 250 kW rooftop installation that began construction in August 2017. Commercial operation of this project was achieved on November 7th, 2017. All four solar projects are located in Woodstock, ON and will have a total installed capacity of 1.2 MW. They are expected to generate enough electricity to provide power to approximately 300 homes in Oxford County. Three of the four projects are located on rooftops while the fourth is ground-mounted. A fifth contract was recently awarded to the LP under the FIT 5 program for a 500 kW rooftop solar project also located in Woodstock, bringing the total installed capacity of the five projects to 1.7 MW.

    “It is important to develop these projects within partnerships, one of the largest partners being the community themselves,” the outgoing President of OCEC, Rob Thompson shares. “It is partnerships with experienced and eager organizations that will bring Oxford County closer to achieving their goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. We will continue to develop these projects and bring opportunities to the communities to continue making a better energy future for tomorrow.” 

    The completion of this first project and attainment of commercial operation is a milestone achievement for the LP. This is a demonstrative effort in community partnership and locally-owned renewable power generation. OCEC, a 51% owner in these projects, is raising equity through investments to fund their contribution. Residents of Oxford County and the surrounding area now hold ownership in these projects through share and bond subscriptions.

     “Reaching commercial operation on the first of the Oxford Community Solar One LP projects is a true achievement for all of the partners involved in these projects” says Rochelle Rumney, Director of Project Planning at Prowind. “Oxford County is becoming a leader in the implementation of renewable energy technologies and we at Prowind are proud to contribute to this exciting movement of adopting community-owned clean energy.”

    To commemorate this achievement there will be a ribbon cutting and “switch flipping” ceremony at the AccuWright location, which can be found at 35 Longworth Lane, Woodstock, ON. The AccuWright project will officially be energized at that time. This event is a free event for all interested individuals; there will also be brief words thanking the partners as well as light refreshments. For those interested in investing in these projects there are still bonds available for purchase and members of OCEC will be available to answer any questions regarding the project and potential investments. The event will be from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 25, 2017, with the ribbon cutting to be held at 12:15pm.

    Members of OCEC can purchase bonds in these projects and receive a competitive return on their investment. OCEC’s objective is to work in partnerships to bring renewable generation projects to Oxford County and surrounding areas. Their model allows local community members to benefit economically from projects and participate in the green energy movement that is building infrastructure to sustain future generations. Those interested in investing in these solar projects must be a member of OCEC. To join please fill out the membership application online (www.oxford-cec.ca) or contact Miranda Fuller (miranda@oxford-cec.ca) for more information.

    About the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative: The Oxford Community Energy Co-operative Inc. is a renewable energy co-op based in Oxford County with its office located in Woodstock, Ontario. OCEC was developed to bring renewable energy investment opportunities to the residents of Oxford County. The local community currently owns 49% of the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm project and OCEC has recently opened this solar investment opportunity to its members. OCEC present membership is over 200 and they are striving to bring locally produced energy to the local community.

    For more information, please visit www.oxford-cec.ca

    Media Contact Information

    Miranda Fuller, Executive Director

    Oxford Community Energy Co-op

    miranda@oxford-cec.ca

    Phone: 519-852-8609

    About Prowind Inc.: Prowind Inc. is a renewable energy developer and operator located in Ontario, Canada. Prowind provides the development, financing, permitting, design, and operation of renewable energy projects using wind, solar, and biomass technologies throughout the Americas. We strive to provide financial security and environmental sustainability through the development of locally-owned clean energy projects in partnership with community groups, indigenous communities, and industrial operations. Prowind Inc. (Americas) is closely tied to Prowind GmbH (Germany).

    For more information, please visit www.prowind.com

    Media Contact Information

    Heather Shilton, Manager of Marketing & Communications

    Prowind Inc.

    905-528-1747

    hshilton@prowind.com

    About Arntjen Solar North America Inc.: Arntjen Solar North-America and Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions are part of the Arntjen Group Germany which was founded in 1978. Since connecting the first dual-axis tracker in 2008 Arntjen Solar supplied over 5,000 Solar-Trackers and installed multiple large roof top Solar-Systems throughout Ontario. Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions focuses on Clean Energy, ElectroMobilty and Conservation by delivering high-quality energy solutions to help our customers find new and better ways to minimize the dependency on fossil fuels. Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions is committed to building long-term relationships based on integrity, performance, value, and client satisfaction to support the communities we live in. We are proud to be a partner on these community solar projects in Oxford County. 

    For more information, please visit www.arntjensolar.com/about-arntjen-solar-na/

    Media Contact Information

    Christine Waterman, Administrative & Marketing Assistant
    Arntjen Solar North America Inc.

    christine.waterman.na@arntjensolar.com

    Phone: 519-913-2346


  • Friday, September 08, 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WOODSTOCK, ON – Prowind Canada Inc. (“Prowind”), the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (“OCEC”), and Arntjen Solar North-America Inc. (“Arntjen Solar”) are pleased to announce the commencement of construction on four community-owned solar projects located in the City of Woodstock. The four solar projects are owned by the Oxford Community Solar One LP, which is a Limited Partnership comprised of Oxford Community Renewable Energy Partners Inc., Prowind, OCEC, and Arntjen Solar, and generate electricity under the Independent Electricity Systems Operator’s (“IESO”) Feed-in-Tariff Program.

    Construction has begun on the first of the four solar projects which are all located in Woodstock, ON and will have a total installed capacity of 1.2 MW. The projects are expected to generate enough electricity to provide power to approximately 300 homes in the surrounding area. Three of the four projects are located on rooftops while the fourth is ground-mounted.   

    Construction on the first of the four solar projects began in August 2017, and is scheduled to be completed in September 2017. The final solar project, the only ground-mounted project, is scheduled to be completed in August 2018, with the remaining two rooftop projects scheduled to be completed by late 2017. Commissioning of the projects is expected to occur shortly after the completion of construction, which will allow the projects to begin generating electricity for the surrounding community.

    “This is an exciting time in Oxford County,” says Helmut Schneider, President of Prowind. “With the commencement of construction on the Solar One community projects, Oxford County is moving closer to their goal of being 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050, and Prowind is proud to contribute to the achievement of this goal.”

    This is the second venture which includes both Prowind and OCEC, the first of which was the 18 MW Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm located in Norwich, ON. The Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm consists of ten Senvion MM92 wind turbines which generate enough electricity to power approximately 6700 homes in the surrounding area. The Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm is owned by the Gunn’s Hill LP, which is a Limited Partnership comprised of GHLP General Partner Inc., Prowind, OCEC, and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation. 

    Prowind builds renewable energy projects with community groups and other local partners in order to promote sustainable growth in rural communities. Prowind is an affiliate of Prowind GmbH based in Osnabrück, Germany. With a total built capacity of over 200 MW of wind, solar and biomass in operation, the Prowind group has established 29 community-sized renewable energy developments across Europe and North America. Prowind Canada continues to develop joint renewable energy projects with local community groups across Canada and the United States.  

    OCEC has now opened this project to its membership for investment. Members of the Oxford Community Energy Cooperative will have the opportunity to purchase equity in the project and receive a competitive return on their investment. OCEC’s objective is to work in partnerships to bring renewable generation projects to Oxford County and surrounding areas and invite their members to invest and receive healthy returns. This model allows local community members to benefit economically from these projects and participate in the green energy movement that is building infrastructure to sustain future generations. Those interested in investing in the solar projects must be a member of the Oxford Community Energy Cooperative. To join please fill out the membership application online (www.oxford-cec.ca) or contact Miranda Fuller (miranda@oxford-cec.ca) for more information.

    About Prowind Canada Inc.: Prowind Canada Inc. is a renewable energy developer and operator with a mandate to develop renewable energy generation across North America. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, Prowind Canada develops, owns, and operates renewable energy developments in conjunction with local communities and indigenous groups to generate community-owned clean energy. Our success continues to grow as we develop our relationship with the agricultural community in order to pursue renewable energy developments in rural communities.  

    For more information, please visit www.prowind.com

    Media Contact Information

    Heather Shilton, Manager of Communications

    Prowind Canada Inc.

    905-528-1747

    hshilton@prowind.com

    About the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative: The Oxford Community Energy Co-operative Inc. is a renewable energy co-op based in Oxford County with its office located in Woodstock, Ontario. OCEC was developed to bring renewable energy investment opportunities to the residents of Oxford County. The local community currently owns 49% of the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm project and OCEC has recently opened this solar investment opportunity to its members. OCEC present membership is over 190 and they are striving to bring locally produced energy to the local community.

    For more information, please visit www.oxford-cec.ca

    Media Contact Information

    Miranda Fuller, Executive Director

    Oxford Community Energy Co-op

    miranda@oxford-cec.ca

    Phone: 519-852-8609

    About Arntjen Solar North America Inc.: Arntjen Solar North-America and Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions are part of the Arntjen Group Germany which was founded in 1978. Since connecting the first dual-axis tracker in 2008 Arntjen Solar supplied over 5,000 Solar-Trackers and installed multiple large roof top Solar-Systems throughout Ontario. Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions focuses on Clean Energy, ElectroMobilty and Conservation by delivering high-quality energy solutions to help our customers find new and better ways to minimize the dependency on fossil fuels. Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions is committed to building long-term relationships based on integrity, performance, value, and client satisfaction to support the communities we live in. We are proud to be a partner on these community solar projects in Oxford County. 

    For more information, please visit www.arntjensolar.com/about-arntjen-solar-na/

    Media Contact Information

    Christine Waterman, Administrative & Marketing Assistant
    Arntjen Solar North America Inc.

    christine.waterman.na@arntjensolar.com

    Phone: 519-913-2346


  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 19 - 23, 2017 

    The International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) highlighted the Oxford Community Energy Cooperative and their community wind project as a demonstration of leadership in renewable generation. 

    Academics and professionals from around the globe travelled to York University to participate in a five day immersive training course on community renewable power. 

    Starting the week at York University,  IREA members completed the RETScreen training course and heard from innovative leaders in renewable energy and community power. Speakers included; Greg Leng, the creator of RETScreen and Donna Cansfield, former Minster of Energy and Natural Resources. 

    On Wednesday June 21, participants toured the Silfab Manufacturing facility to view  the process of producing solar panels. IREA then arrived in Oxford for the experiential component of their training. They toured multiple renewable projects in Oxford including many solar installations in Woodstock. 

    Thursday June 22, the academy visited the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm, the first project completed by the Oxford Community Energy Cooperative. Participants were overwhelmed with excitement at the opportunity to visit Ontario's first community-owned wind farm. Joined by our partners from Prowind Canada and supported by Six Nations of the Grand River, OCEC shared the story of Gunn's Hill with IREA members. 

    The inaugural year for the academy was a tremendous success, OCEC is very proud to be a partner in learning with; 


    For more information on the International Renewable Energy Academy, click here
  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ontario's first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes 

    By Gideon Forman, climatechange policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation

    Miranda Fuller looks over the 10 turbines on Gunn's Hill Wind Farm in southern Ontario's Oxford County, a lush region of farmland and small cities between London and Kitchener. "They're magical!" she says.

    The project, which started running late last year and now produces enough electricity to power some 6,700 local homes, is Ontario's first community-sponsored wind farm. If the word "magical" is not wholly accurate — the turbines are no illusion, after all — it does capture some of Gunn's Hill's uniqueness. From many points of view, it's an extraordinary undertaking.

    Fuller, 24, grew up in Oxford and, after studying environmental ethics at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University, became communications director at the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative, one of the organizations that gave Gunn's Hill life. (Other key partners were the Six Nations of the Grand River and project developer Prowind Canada Inc.)

    She tells me the co-op of just 180 members raised a staggering $9 million — much of it from investments of $1,000 to $10,000 by individuals living in the county. Ron Seftel, CEO of investor Bullfrog Power says, "Local folks put in a ton of work" to make Gunn's Hill possible. Today, almost half its bonds and shares, 49 per cent, are in the hands of Oxford residents and businesses. Community-based yet wonderfully ambitious, it is the largest renewable energy co-op project to gain approval in Ontario. It's also Canada's first wind initiative to feature both co-op and Indigenous ownership.

    Beyond its significant size — it will supply an impressive 15 per cent of Oxford's 100 per cent renewable electricity goal — the project creates a bond between citizens and their power generation. "Too often, people are cut off from their power supply," Fuller says. "It's important to see your energy source. Seeing the turbines helps you connect with the energy you're using." Living close to the windmills — and in some cases gaining employment from them — gives locals a stake in the system and makes them more likely to support pro-renewable public policy.

    Gunn's Hill also helps conserve agricultural land. Fuller tells the story of one landowner family that joined the co-op because they've run a farm for six generations and want to protect it from development for as long as possible. With 20-year contracts underwriting the turbines, putting them on property means it can't be paved for at least two decades, if not longer.

    The project wasn't without obstacles. During its development, Fuller recalls, "Some locals didn't support it. But since it was built, we're not seeing much pushback. People fear what they don't know. So you need to give people factual information. There's been a shift in attitude since the project became operational." One piece of information that diminishes opposition is the fact that windmills offer residents income. "Local people's investment in winddoes ease contention," Fuller says.

    In a phone interview with the David Suzuki Foundation, Fuller explains why windspeaks to her personally. "I absolutely worry about climate change. Denying it would be foolish. Windis one of the technologies that can help us get off fossil fuel. It helps us become energy-independent."

    She doesn't hesitate to offer advice to other municipalities contemplating local power projects: "Be prepared to be surprised by the community's passion for renewables. Keep moving forward — the end is worth it. They're magical, the wind turbines. They bring a lot of hope."

    link to article click here 


  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thanks to the incredible work of our partners, members, investors and supporters the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm has reached Commercial Operation as of November 14, 2016. The Gunn's Hill Wind Farm is a milestone achievement for OCEC and would not have been possible without the right partners. We would like to thank Prowind Canada and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation for their assistance and support in making this project a possibility. 


    Moving forward OCEC is excited to bring new investment opportunities in renewable generation to the residents of Oxford and continue to be your local renewable energy co-op in 2017. 

  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015 5:44 PM | Helmut Schneider (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative and our President Helmut Schneider, I extend our congratulations to Mayor Molnar on his participation and support in the excellent video.  His supporting comments regarding economic development in Oxford County and the positive impact for the community of Tillsonburg show excellent, progressive community leadership.  It is refreshing to see a Mayor who states the facts surrounding an issue and supports initiatives taken by industry that benefit their community.  The Oxford Community Energy Co-operative very much appreciates his permission to link the Renewable Energy video to our website.  We feel that collective positive energy regarding the topic of renewables is supportive to what communities in Oxford County and Canada are thinking and wanting.

     

     https://www.siemens.ca/WEB/PORTAL/EN/ABOUTUS/TRUSTED-PARTNER/Pages/Tillsonburg.aspx

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:03 AM | Christine Koenig

    The OCEC is very happy to let their members, investors and supporters know that the appeal to the Renewable Energy Approval for the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm has been dismissed. Construction has started and the turbines will be up and running in summer 2016.

    For more information click here to download our latest press release on this.

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 1:31 PM | Christine Koenig

    OCEC is proud to announce that a total of 3.68 MW of solar projects across Oxford County have been submitted under the current FIT 4.0 procurement window. The capital expenditure for these projects, should they all be awarded contracts, is anticipated to be in the range of $10 -11 million.

    We expect to learn from the IESO if and how many of our project applications are successful in summer or 2016 latest.


  • Friday, October 16, 2015 1:04 PM | Christine Koenig

    On October 3rd 2015 Woodstock Hydro, Arntjen Solar, Ecamion, Fanshawe College, Ryerson University, Oxford Community Energy Co-op, Oxford County and the City of Woodstock met with close to 200 guests, politicians and media during a ‘Passport Station Tour’ theme to learn about sustainable energy development in Woodstock Ontario.

    Watch the video of the event or read what the media had to say or view more

    photos in the SNAPD.


  • Monday, October 05, 2015 6:10 PM | Christine Koenig

    Here's a link to the full speech Mark Carney gave in London on September 29th at an insurers' meeting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=25&v=V5c-eqNxeSQ


    "For Carney's audience at a Lloyd's of London black tie dinner, the issue is not a matter of left or right politics, but a matter of profit and loss.

    Insurance companies often pay the bills when storms and flooding do their damage. Climate change is likely to make those insurable crises worse.

    But perhaps more important, against those potential losses, insurance companies hold trillions of dollars in assets invested in all kinds of stocks and bonds. And Carney said those assets were threatened. Carney warned that oil, gas and coal companies may be worth far less than their current book value would suggest.

    That's because a big part of their assets includes fossil fuel resources discovered but not yet extracted. Fears about climate change could render the vast majority of reserves "stranded," said Carney. In other words, the reserves would be left in the ground and unextractable.

    The other part of Carney's warning was the danger that climate change would mean the entire global economy would become less productive, shrinking the future value of certain investment holdings.

    "In the fullness of time, climate change will threaten financial resilience and longer-term prosperity," Carney said in his speech. "While there is still time to act, the window of opportunity is finite and shrinking."

    writes CBC reporter Don Pittis about Carney's speech

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