Help us in making our Town a better place - Community/Municipal collaboration
Recently we have read many articles in our paper that speak to how we envision Stouffville coming together in community. It is clear that we are excited about the idea of participating in shaping the identity of our Town.
During our movie series, Reeling Toward a Better Future, the Whitchurch Stouffville Community Energy Cooperative (WSCEC) felt your passion for energy conservation and environmental issues. During our wrap-up discussions, municipal programs always emerged as part of the solution. It is encouraging that our cooperative's vision finds parallels with many Town initiatives.
WSCEC is celebrating our Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) offer of a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contract for a 250 kWh solar project on the roof of the Clippers Sportsplex. This is a huge accomplishment, and we would like to thank all our members, Town staff and Council for their support over these past 3 years. Working together with the community and the Town, we can now take the next steps in realizing locally produced green energy and demonstrating its benefits. Imagine all the families and children that will walk through the Sportsplex to read the solar monitors illustrating how much energy was produced that day. Our little project in Stouffville CAN make a big difference.
This project taps into a conversation about the kind of country we want. History shows that the greatest changes start with simple acts of local leadership. It's a simple grass-roots, DIY recipe: people like you stand up, neighbours come together to change a city, cities come together to change a province and provinces come together to change a nation.
We can be part of that greater movement. Orillia Power has 4 FIT projects partnered with the City of Orillia. Halifax solar city project is a municipal program that helps homeowners install solar hot water. Strathroy Mayor Vanderheyden’s quote says it all, “As with most municipalities, we are always challenged to find alternative and innovative sources of revenue to sustain our operations. The rooftop solar project presents an opportunity to generate income while showcasing the efforts of the municipality to demonstrate leadership in green energy and efficiency in the use of our resources."
WSCEC's solar project on the Clipper's Sportsplex is catching the wave as communities and municipalities work together to develop energy solutions for the next generation. Let your Councillor know you would be proud to see Stouffville take leadership in shaping a resilient and sustainable future.