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Fedco Goes Solar!

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With the overwhelming support of our members, we have contracted with ReVision Energy of Portland, ME, to install a ground-based photovoltaic system that, using 176 solar panels, will generate an estimated 94% of our entire cooperative’s electrical needs. Our decision to do our part to stop burning fossil fuels is in keeping with our belief that we all need a stable climate in which to grow our food and support our agriculture. Construction is scheduled to begin later in November. When you come to our Tree Sale next spring, you will be able to see our new installation in action!

When we turned to our members to help us launch our Solar Project we were overwhelmed by their response. While most such appeals are lucky to generate a 2% response rate, we were astounded to achieve one of 7.77%! Our members financed the entire upfront cost of the project, and then some, helping us to get through our traditional autumn and early winter cash flow ebb without skipping a beat.

“It’s up to us—up to all of us—to change the world so every time we look around, we recognize those basic principles of life…I want to talk about our shared responsibility to leave this place better than we found it. Not better from a corporate, make-more-money mode, but a place of beauty, a place that gives us great pleasure throughout our days and throughout our lives. Because that sense of beauty, of pleasure in what we are doing each day, is what is going to carry us forward through the difficult times that we live in now, and the more difficult times that lie ahead.” –Russell Libby