HONESDALE - The Clean Energy Cooperative and The Cooperage Project have completed a sustainable energy project and are looking to perform additional, similar initiatives in the area.
The nonprofit groups recently held a dedication ceremony for a 27-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system after members installed 90 solar panels on the roof of the 155-year-old Cooperage building at 1030 Main Street.
The PV panels will generate 100 percent of the electricity used annually by the nonprofit community center and other tenants of the Cooperage.
The project was the culmination of two years of planning and financing.
It was paid for with the help of a USDA Renewable Energy for America grant and through a private fundraising campaign was a huge success, with more committed funds than needed for this project.
The co-op hired local contractors to complete the $72,000 construction project and PPL Electric Utilities approved the system.
The project exemplifies sustainable energy, local investment and partnering with a nonprofit community organization, said Jack Barnett, the co-op's president.
“We are already looking for our next project, whether solar or something else that reinvigorates the local community and economy,” he said.
The co-op is currently interviewing other candidate host organizations for more community solar projects or building renovation projects, though specifics were not released.
The co-op is looking for host sites that are nonprofit, community-oriented or support low- or moderate-income families.
More information is available at www.cleanenergy.coop.
The Clean Energy Co-op is a business organization whose mission is to sustainably develop renewable energy resources for a healthy and just-energy future for the community, using local investment and providing positive returns to its members.
The Cooperage Project offers a range of instructional and entertainment activities aimed at engaging the public.