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Help Form a Community-Owned Energy Coop

Shake Energy Release

On Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m., we will host another virtual public meeting to further our progress on formation of a cooperative to design and own renewable energy projects on Molokai. This follows in a series of community workshops hosted on Molokai about Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE). At these workshops, community residents expressed the desire for CBRE projects to be owned and managed locally by a cooperative entity. These meetings will be held regularly every two weeks to continue the effort to formalize this energy cooperative.

At this meeting, we will define and assign steering committee roles, draft a milestones timeline for incorporating the cooperative, draft a sources and uses budget, review site selection information and draft a rubric for vetting partners.

Forming this cooperative is the first step in developing renewable energy projects that can be owned and managed locally. We aim to start by co-designing one or more solar and battery storage projects intended to be submitted to Hawaiian Electricʻs Request for Proposals (RFP) for Phase II CBRE projects on Molokai. This RFP is expected to close in December, 2020.

This one-hour long virtual workshop is open to the general public and we welcome both past workshop participants and folks who may be hearing about this effort for the first time. Anyone interested in attending should contact Ali Andrews, CEO of Shake Energy Collaborative, at ali@shake-energy.com. If you are a new participant, feel free to reach out ahead soon I can catch you up and you can jump in with both feet.

Shake Energy Collaborative is a woman-owned, public benefits corporation energy development start-up based in Fresno, California. For more information about the company, visit us at shake-energy.com.

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