SUN in the summer!

SUN in the summer!

For the SUN Co-op it was a winter of hibernating, waiting for the sun to come back, and waiting for the results of our fall 2015 application to the government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program. Well the sun did come back with a vengeance this summer, and you can also keep a look-out for some good news to be announced at a SUN Co-op member and media event in Sudbury on September 9th! More details to follow. As part of the national “Green Energy Doors Open” Day, we’ll be part of hundreds of events happening across the country to celebrate and educate the public about all that is going on in renewable energy in Canada.

In the meantime, we have continued our partnership with German & Toronto-based solar developer Soventix, a specialist in working with co-operatives in community energy projects. This summer we have ramped up our efforts to find more potential sites for solar projects. We are looking for rural or industrial sites with 7 acres of land that is relatively flat, that does not have wetlands, good agricultural soil or heavy forest, and that is on a major road in the community since that is where the 44 kV hydro lines are.

So far we are expecting to be able to submit a few more leased sites to city council and the Ontario government for what is likely the final intake under the FIT program. This intake is scheduled to start by the end of October 2016, and then we’ll hear the results by Spring 2017.  Look for us on the agenda of upcoming City planning committee meetings and please share your support for your co-op’s efforts on social media or however you like, with your local councillors or local MPP.

Remember the goal of your non-profit solar co-op is to promote renewable energy, provide local ethical financial investment opportunities, and keep money in the community. We aren’t sure what the future will look like for co-ops like us after this year, but we hope to be able to continue to promote our goals through any new opportunities created by the current provincial and federal government’s focus on sustainable development, clean technology and a low carbon future.

Also look for the upcoming AGM in the fall of 2016. There will be vacancies on our board and we’ll be looking for members to step up and help us in this next exciting year.

SUN Co-op’s AGM is this Thursday, November 26th @ 7PM!

SUN Co-op’s AGM is this Thursday, November 26th @ 7PM!

Hello / Bonjour Greater Sudbury community members!
You are formally invited to our AGM this Thursday, November 26th, 7 pm at the reThink Green ‘Green Room’ (176 Larch St., 3rd floor).
We have arranged two very interesting presentations which will follow adjournment of the meeting:
1) Sajeev Shivshankaran will give an overview of the City’s two FIT3 projects at Pioneer Manor and Countryside Arena.
2) A representative from our partner Soventix will, via Skype, outline the functioning of our partnership with them.
Please join us for this exciting evening of idea sharing and planning for the next year to come! Refreshments will be served.
RSVP on our Facebook Event page!
P.S.: Every Greater Sudbury community member is invited, but only SUN Co-op members can vote. Not a member yet? No problem – sign up here or at the AGM! 25$ for a lifetime membership!

FIT 4 applications are in!

We are excited to report that we submitted two applications to the FIT program at the beginning of October. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful members who were very responsive in signing off the consent forms. In the words of our partner Soventix, they were “perfect” FIT applications with:

  • responsible land use, strong economics, and municipal government support resolutions;
  • they were submitted within the first few minutes of the intake so near the front of the line;
  • and, of course they will get priority points for being submitted by a co-op.

The projects are for 500 kW ground-mounted solar installations on rural land (about 5 – 7 acres each) with one located on the way to Capreol, and one on Estaire Road south of the city. While we wait for a response on these applications, expected spring 2016, we plan to further develop our partnership agreement with Soventix, apply for funding for legal help with that effort, and continue negotiations with more landowners so we can apply for more projects next year.

Stay tuned!

FIT 4 application deadline approaching!

This is it! Crunch time! The FIT 4 application period is starting the 30th of September 2015 and the SUN Co-op is getting ready, with the help of our partners Soventix, to apply for at least 2 projects. For this to happen, we require at least 50 signatures of members who own property in the Greater City of Sudbury. If you are a member of SUN Co-op and a property owner, fill out this form and send it back to us (by email ideally)! With your help, we can make this city greener!

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SUN Co-op is having a social!


SUN Co-op and Greater Sudbury community members are invited to come and join the SUN Co-op board members for cheese and friendly discussions on August 11th, from 4 to 7 pm at the Fromagerie Elgin downtown Sudbury. We will share what we have been working on in the last few months and talk about the upcoming FIT 4 application process. As part of this process, we are in need of at least 55 signatures from SUN Co-op members that are landowners in order to be eligible to apply. Therefore, this is the perfect time to get to know each other and to answer any of the questions you may have on what is to come in the next months!

Visit our Facebook event page for more details and to RSVP!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Curious about the SUN Co-op? Check out our article in Northern Life.

Co-op eyes properties in the valley for solar farms

By: Jonathan Migneault – Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jun 15, 2015 – 7:00 AM |
Sudbury’s Sun Co-operative has until June 18 to convince landowners in the valley to let them lease some land to build 500-kilowatt solar farms, and operate them for 20 years.