Convening with diverse partners to inspire and enable community climate action and sustainability across Northumberland County.
A sustainable future for communities across Northumberland that is resilient to the impacts of climate change and where no one is left behind.
We aim to build resilient, sustainable, and connected communities across Northumberland by:
- Convening diverse partners to collaborate and advance common goals related to sustainability and climate action
- Inspiring action through storytelling and showcasing existing local efforts and opportunties to get involved
- Enabling impact through investing in community-led initiatives
Like most cooperatives, CPN had modest beginnings. A group of concerned Northumberland residents who shared a common interest in climate change and sustainability issues got together at a renewable energy workshop in Cobourg. Two-dozen people showed up, interested in contributing to a the creation of the co-op.
In 2013 CPN was incorporated under the Co-operative Corporations Act as a non-profit, renewable energy co-operative with a vision, mission and mandate based on these principles. Over the next two years a combination of membership fees, federal and provincial start-up grants, and over $100,000 from member loans and development partner funds were used to set up the co-operative and secure approval for three Feed-In-Tariff rooftop solar contracts from the Ontario Power Authority. The co-operative expanded from its nineteen founding members to eighty-nine members by January 2015 and both construction financing and long term financing was secured from Solarize Energy, a Bradford solar developer.
Feeding the grid
The installation of the three solar rooftop projects at a cost of $3.8 million began in the fall of 2014 and were successfully connected to the grid in March 2015 In 2017 CPN built its fourth project the Keeler Centre in Colborne. It was designed to hold 952 solar panels and produce 325 kilowatt hours of clean electricity, enough to power 40 homes. The cost of the project is $496,000 and was entirely funded by CPN through the generous contributions of 13 member loans as well as cash reserves from CPN’s first project.
In 2017 the provincial government announced that the FIT program would be cancelled after the FIT 5 projects were completed. In June 2018 the newly elected Ford Government cancelled CPN’s two FIT5 contracts. Later that year in November 2018 Solarize Energy, CPN’s business partner, informed CPN that they were going in to sell their 40% equity in the SE7 Partnership to Potentia Renewables ignoring CPN’s legal Right of First Offer to purchase these shares. On May 31, 2019, Potentia Renewables purchased Solarize Energy LP’s 40% share in our Partnership.