Antigonish Community Energy Cooperative helps residents and organizations in the Antigonish area take greater control of their energy security.

There is a long history of working cooperatively in Nova Scotia, rooted in the early work of the Antigonish Movement. We proudly carry the torch of community-driven social enterprise.

HISTORY

Antigonish Community Energy was established following the November 19th, 2014 and March 7th, 2015 Community Energy Forums. These sessions brought together a multitude of local stakeholders to develop a community-based energy sustainability plan. The coop is focused on the promotion of solar energy by enabling residents, organizations and businesses within Antigonish and the surrounding area to take greater control of their energy security. We do this primarily through facilitated group buys and supported installations of solar equipment.

Our intention is to work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders to get "the right energy mix" for our community. Through this evolving process, our hope is to ensure a strong local economy while upholding the principles of environmental protection and sustainability. The initial goal of the Antigonish Community Energy Coop is to facilitate the installation of one Megawatt of photovoltaic electrical generation, spread over approximately 100 homes, businesses and organizations. 

Our Mission

  1. Empower residents and businesses to confidently invest in clean, renewable energy at an affordable and competitive price.
  2. Work within the community to address how we obtain energy, and plan for sustainable energy production to address our changing needs.
  3. Contribute directly to the relief of poverty in our community which is due, in part, to the high cost of energy.
  4. Encourage energy efficiency, social justice, and environmental protection.

Governance, Structure and principles

Antigonish Community Energy Cooperative is incorporated as a Community Energy Cooperative with share capital under the Nova Scotia Cooperative Associations Act and operates under by-laws that are reviewed by the membership at every Annual General Meeting.

We adhere to the following 7 + 1 principles of cooperative governance.

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Members’ Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community +
  8. Environmental Protection