Friday 27 July 2012

OREC Information Session

In my last post, I shared information on the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC). If you are interested in learning more about OREC, an information session is taking place on Tuesday, July 31st at 7pm at the Hub Ottawa, 71 Bank St., 6th floor. To contact the co-op, email

Monday 23 July 2012

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

Some information from Ecology Ottawa on an interesting opportunity in Ottawa to invest in renewable energy:

Have you been wanting to get involved in solar power but don’t have a sunny roof? Want to shift your long term investments into local, green investment options? You can do just that through the  Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC).

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative’s first share offering is open until August 27th. Residents of Ottawa can become members on the OREC website by purchasing a one time $100 membership share. Then, members may invest in the solar rooftop projects by purchasing preference shares. Preference shares are for 20 years, paying out dividends of approximately 5% annually plus a return of capital starting in year 5. Preference shares are $500, and a minimum of 10 may be purchased by one member. 

OREC is part of growing worldwide trend, of community owned energy generation. Denmark & Germany learned long ago that electricity generation offers a stable revenue stream well suited to ‘pension type’ investments. Ontario is now following suite with the Feed-in-Tariff program and the promotion of Renewable Energy Cooperatives. OREC is one of the first Ontario Co-ops offering equity investment opportunities.

Tuesday 3 July 2012

nuit noire

Cube Gallery on Wellington is hosting nuit noire, a group show dedicated to the beauty and majesty of the night sky, from July 3rd to July 29th. Tonight's opening event is a Screening of "The City Dark",  new documentary about light pollution that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Telescopes will be available for viewing in front of Cube Gallery during the event. It's happening tonight and it's the full moon - Tuesday, July 3 at 7:30 pm.

Monday 2 July 2012

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. I've been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006, one of only a handful of real estate agents in North America with the designation.  Here's an Ottawa Citizen Blog post sharing some recent developments with LEED for Homes in Canada and the US:
LEED Gathers Steam