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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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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Alberta poised to phase out coal

Long holding the reputation of Canada’s fossil fuel capital, Alberta is finally taking action to reduce their emissions by phasing out electricity generation from coal-fired plants. Pollution attributed to coal factories has been linked to countless health effects, as...
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Students & Communities are leading the charge to divest from fossil fuels

The shift towards fossil fuel divestment has been gaining momentum in recent years, particularly among large institutions such as universities, pension funds, and local governments. By withdrawing their funds from fossil fuel investments, these institutions are...
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Spotlight on a local Co-op: CED Co-op

Since its inception, Community Energy Development (CED) Co-op has generated over 2,500,000 kWh of renewable energy, avoiding over 1,000,000 kg of CO2 emissions to date. Through its first bond offering, CED Co-op has raised $9.6 million from over 600 members to finance 27 solar projects all over Ontario. CED Co-op is currently offering investment in a new 5-year bond, at a rate of 6.13%.

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Spotlight on a local Co-op: Green Timiskaming

Green Timiskaming is located in North Eastern Ontario along the Quebec boarder, a rural resource-based economy that includes mining, forestry and farming. With the aim to revitalize local industry and retain local talent, Green Timiskaming (GT) was founded in 2009 to promote the green economy in the region.

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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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