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Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Clean Energy Community Bonds



 

On a recent post about clean energy crowdfunding, a reader dropped a link to SolarShare Community Bonds, which finances community-based solar projects in Ontario. As the website states:

“Community Solar Bonds deliver ‘triple bottom line’ returns, creating economic, social and environmental benefits. The bonds earn 5% annually over a 5 year term. They are invested in solar power projects that generate clean renewable energy, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local employment in Ontario’s emerging clean energy industry.”

To purchase a bond, you must become a SolarShare Co-op member, a one-time cost of $40. Each co-op member gets a vote in the co-op.

Here’s a little more info from the SolarShare site:

“SolarShare privately raised bridge financing totalling over $3.7 million in order to construct its initial round of solar projects.  Today, 18 projects (17 smaller ground mounted rural installations and one large industrial rooftop system) are completed, installed and generating electricity.  Since these projects are already completed, SolarShare Community Solar Bonds are at lower risk and offer a steady income for 20 years.”

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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 for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • rommel43

    Would love to start one of these in Nebraska

    • Parth

      I’d definitely invest if I could from NJ

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