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Published on September 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Ecovillage Solar Power Grid Project

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September 5th, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
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A friend of mine who lives at Dancing Rabbit recently let me know that the ecovillage is looking to install over 25kW of solar panels and set up a micro-grid there. Pretty cool. But they need one thing. They need loans to help fund the project. If you’re interested in providing a loan, here’s more information (via Dancing Rabbit resident Tony Sirna):

BEDR Power Co-op – Request for Loans

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR) is one of the leaders in the sustainable communities movement and has a 15-year track record of pushing the envelope on what sustainable living means.  DR is now poised for growth in terms of population, increasing our sustainability, and in having a greater impact on the world.

BEDR (Better Energy for Dancing Rabbit) hopes to be a key element in supporting that growth. BEDR is an LLC set up as a consumer cooperative for providing renewable energy to the population of Dancing Rabbit. BEDR will operate a net-zero, grid-tied renewable energy system as laid out by the Dancing Rabbit Land Trust’s covenants, which includes exporting enough net power to offset the embodied energy of our production systems and the effects of our grid usage. Through BEDR, DR will go beyond ‘net-zero’ and will be a net exporter of renewable energy.

BEDR’s long-term goal is to demonstrate a fully renewable energy grid on the neighborhood or village scale, with solar, wind, and biomass energy systems. DR has already shown that people can happily live on 100% renewable energy via off-grid household-sized systems, and BEDR wants to scale that up to show how neighborhoods, towns, and regions can power themselves fully with renewable energy.

BEDR is looking for $150,000 in small or medium-sized loans from people supportive of Dancing Rabbit, renewable energy, and sustainability in general. Your investment will help Dancing Rabbit not just export power on the grid, but export ideas, skills, and hope for a sustainable culture.

Terms for loans are negotiable but we are looking for loans with rates commensurate with a socially responsible endeavor such as this. Loans will be needed by October 1st, 2011.

Contact Tony Sirna at or 660-883-5881

Cool project, Hope some of you can help them out.

If you can’t help, consider sharing this with friends and family who might be interested.

Note: the interns that were involved in an environmental engineering internship we previously announced on here helped with the research that Dancing Rabbit plans to use to eventually disconnect from the wider grid and just run on their own internal grid (with solar, wind, and biomass co-generation for load balancing). If replicated widely, should help limit global warming.


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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

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