July 25, 2023
Hi everyone – it’s been a while, so let’s catch up! We are excited to share the recent progress that Cleveland Solar Cooperative has made this year.
First, we want to celebrate the 41 Member Owners who are helping to make CSC’s vision of democratically owned solar infrastructure possible! In 2020, CSC was formed by a small community of individuals who are committed to sustainability, equality, solidarity, and anti-racism – all of which are necessary for a Just Transition to a clean energy economy. Today, CSC’s membership base is stronger than ever – and growing!
CSC’s First Solar Project: Where are We Now, and What’s Next?
We have been working hard to build our power by completing CSC’s first solar project – Ohio’s first community-owned solar array. Our co-op has signed a Letter of Intent with the Cuyahoga Land Bank to install an array on the Mickey’s Building in East Cleveland. The Mickey’s Building – a former car dealership – is an important part of a revitalization initiative in East Cleveland, launched by the Land Bank in partnership with the City of East Cleveland.
We are so grateful to be a part of this project. Our co-op has been working to organize East Cleveland community members to join us and enjoy shared ownership over the solar project that is being built in their community. We are closer than ever to signing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Land Bank, which would allow us to move forward with building and energizing the array on the Mickey’s Building.
Our next membership meeting will be on Sunday, August 27th, 2023. We are looking forward to gathering with CSC member-owners to discuss the PPA, changes to our by-laws, and the next steps for our first array. More information about the Mickey’s Building project and the awesome events we have attended to come!
Building Knowledge & Community to Build our Power
Is energy democracy a new concept for you? Or are you on board with the energy democracy initiative, but want to learn more about CSC’s foundation? Our friends and allies have been working to educate community members and promote awareness of the importance of energy democracy across Cleveland communities, and thanks to their hard work, we have some wonderful resources to share.