by Worldchanging Seattle local editor, Fawn Ellis
If you had a choice of running your own power facility what would you choose— solar, wind, or geo-thermal? Furthermore, what if you could abandon the corporate grid system altogether and start your own renewable energy facility with your local community. Sound like a pipe dream, nwcommunityenergy.org, a new non-profit website can help make it a reality. Recently, launched by Seattle based NW SEED— Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, the new site offers a step by step approach from financing and incentives to project planning and case studies. The altruistic benefits of a community owned local facility run the gamut from a 2-5 times local economic benefit to increased local awareness and strengthened social communities.
If starting your own renewable energy facility isn’t within your means, then check out the site’s suggestions for getting involved with a renewable community. If you can’t find what you are looking for then simply contact them. Its time to get that local energy ball rolling.