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Ottawa’s Solar Community Hosts Soirée with Experts from Europe


Thursday, April 25, 2013


OTTAWA — This coming Monday, local solar groups and members of the public will be toasting the sun with a pint of Beau’s All Natural’s soon-to-be-solar-powered beer at a Solar Soirée. The celebration marks the visit of two community power experts from Europe, who will discuss their years of experience with the renewable energy co-operative model, which is still relatively new here in North America.

Guests Dirk Vansintijan, of EcoPower (Belgium’s largest renewable energy co-operative, with over 43,000 members), and Roric McCorristin, Program Director for The Climate Network at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, D.C., will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A session, moderated by CBC’s Ian Black. Local solar companies will also be on hand to answer questions from the audience. A reception will follow.

Event:          Solar Soirée – Panel Discussion, Q&A, and reception

Date:           Monday, April 29th, 2013

Time:           6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Venue:        Lago Bar & Grill (Dow’s Lake Pavillion)

Speaker bios and more information here: http://bit.ly/165MCMI

The venue is accessible on the canal bike path, bus routes 101, 85, and 118. Two-hour parking is provided by Lago’s in the lot at Preston and Queen Elizabeth Drive. There will be a cash bar for appetizers and all drinks not provided by Beau’s. Entrance is free but registration (via the link above) is requested to guarantee space.

Groups organizing the event include: The Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario, 1000 Solar Rooftops, and the Washington, D.C. office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is graciously donating samples of beer.

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) will also be showcasing its latest solar project at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, through a tour that is open to Co-op members and local media.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Janice Ashworth, Operations Manager. janice.ashworth [at] ottawarenewableenergycoop [dot] ca, 613-748-3001 x.240 (office), or 613-296-8232 (cell)