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Potential energy co-op topic of Monday event

Transition Clintonville members will meet next week regarding the possibility of creating an energy co-op.

The gathering will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center's building, 14 W. Lakeview Ave.

Parking is available at the new CRC office nearby on North High Street.

"One of Transition Clintonville's first projects is the Clintonville Energy Co-op," according to the announcement from member Deborah Crawford. "Its purpose is to build resilience and sustainability in the Clintonville area by increasing household energy efficiency and increasing the number of households using affordable, renewable energy options."

The Nov. 18 meeting will offer an update "on lessons learned to date and plans for the future," according to Crawford.

Reports will be provided on 10 Clintonville homes that have been assessed for their viability for initial solar installation pilots. Homes are assessed based on year-round sun exposure, energy needs, roof appropriateness, budget constraints and other essential issues to determine if solar is a good fit for the home, Crawford wrote.

The group also will gather input on plans to conduct mini-workshops on the different skills needed to conduct the pilot installations.

"The co-op is working closely with the local Care and Share Time Bank to enhance affordability by getting most of the labor for installations through the time bank, where people provide their skills and gifts to bank hours of service and draw on these banked hours to receive the services they need," Crawford wrote.

"Anyone can be trained to do some of the labor needed. Other needed services will include professional electricians, energy experts and others.

"The group will also be studying financing options, building the organization, managing projects, designing a prototype for the installation process and other aspects of the work."

For more information, email Crawford at crawford@columbus.rr.com.

Transition is a worldwide movement started about 13 years ago in the United Kingdom to promote local communities making the transition from fossil fuels.

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