TREC is Canada’s leader in the development of community owned renewable energy.

New Report: The Power of Community

With the Feed-in Tariff program under the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act, community participation of renewables in Ontario has increased dramatically since 2010. This report outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of locally owned and operated renewable power, with real data from Ontarians and Ontario-based projects

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Our Services

TREC provides services to Co-ops and Social Enterprises who are turning social capital into financial capital. Our Community Investor & Member Services team provides our clients with securities transfer processing, security holder record-keeping and a point of contact for member/investor inquiries.

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TREC is an umbrella organization
Here are some of the projects we’ve founded to fulfill our mandate:

SolarShare is Canada’s leading renewable energy co-operative. SolarShare develops PV renewable energy systems across Ontario, and residents and businesses are invited to invest in these projects and earn up to 6% interest.

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TREC Education is a charitable organization, which delivers renewable energy education programs in classrooms and at community events across Ontario – creating systemic change for a greener future and fostering the next generation of renewable energy leaders. TREC education directly engages more than 10,000 students and adults each year.

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WindShare is an innovative wind power co-operative, the first of its kind in Canada. WindShare is a joint partner in Canada’s premier urban wind turbine located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.

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The Federation of Community Power Co-operatives (FCPC) is a province-wide umbrella organization for community power co-ops in Ontario that are developing grid-tied renewable energy projects. The FCPC exists to unite, represent and serve the community power co-op community across the province.

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Introducing TREC’s new Managing Director

Good Bye Judith Lipp! After 8 years with TREC, our Executive Director Judith (Judy) Lipp is leaving at the end of this month. Judy began her tenure at TREC in April 2008, shortly after completing her PhD with Dalhousie University. Since relocating to Toronto from Nova...
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Community Power goes back to school

As students prepare to go back to school this week, some will be greeted by new solar panels on school roofs. In 2011, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) reached a historic deal with AMP Solar Limited. Over the next 20 years, AMP offered to pay for the project...
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Green Energy Doors are open this weekend!

Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is an annual event highlighting sustainable energy projects across Ontario (with partner initiatives taking place in Alberta and B.C). Hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the program is entering its sixth year. Since...
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Community Power around the world

The following are summaries from the Community Power Report, which regularly posts stories on community-based renewable energy projects talking place all around the world.   New Hawaiian law makes it easier to finance co-ops June 29, 2016 A new Hawaiian bill...
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Have your say on Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights!

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is the province’s environmental watchdog, reviewing and reporting on Ontario’s environmental performance. The current ECO, Dianne Saxe, began her term in December, 2015 and her appointment is focused “on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR), a legislative piece that allows Ontarians to participate in environmental-decision making, and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario.

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Research

TREC is a trusted and experienced research partner on initiatives related to community energy, Aboriginal power & social finance.

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Our Charitable Partner

TREC Education delivers renewable energy education programs in classrooms and at community events across Ontario – creating systemic change for a greener future and fostering the next generation of renewable energy leaders.

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