Our friends at Sustainable Fairfax are considering partnering with People Power Solar, an NGO from the East Bay, to launch a Solar Coop for our town. (HERE).
The idea is that not everyone can afford to put solar panels on their roof, or, like my house, we are so covered with trees we can't get enough sun on our roof to generate enough electricity. But, we still want to be part of the clean energy future.
So, here is how the coop might work. It will be a self-organized, self-managed group of people from the Town of Fairfax. Each person is able to invest up to $1,000. The coop will take this money and use it to buy and install a solar installation on the roof of a Fairfax person or business. The person or business will buy the energy produced by the solar panels, for a period of up to 25 years.
Then, each investor will earn a small return on their investment - about 3% per year.
That's it! Very simple.
We are going to start small, so we can get all of the details worked out. Once we have things figured out, we could scale it up in several ways. In this way, the people of this Town can start to own our own energy future. We can be the ones investing in our local energy, and earning a return for doing so. We can provide our own green energy, and not rely on others to do it for us.
We can be the change.
If you are interested in learning more; if you are interested in putting panels on your roof or business; if you are interested in investing in the renewable energy future of this Town, sign up below, and we will make sure you are part of it.
Fairfax has always been a Town of people who come together to make great things happen. Let's do it again.