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What happened when this woman invested in her community

Sep 23, 2014

After 34 years living in Brampton, retired elementary school teacher Pauline Thornham never thought she'd be standing on a two million dollar solar project that she invested in, only 9 km from her house. 


On the morning of Sept 17, 2014, Pauline and other local SolarShare members arrived at an industrial warehouse on Holtby Ave to meet the Brampton mayor, city councillors, the local MPP, and other partners. Together they climbed a 3-story ladder up to the giant flat roof where construction workers had just finished installing a 600 kW DC solar system. 

The City of Brampton presented a plaque dedicated to the co-op to the cheers of the members. SolarShare president Mike Brigham, development partners Endura Energy, and investor Bullfrog Power cut the ceremonial orange ribbon of the co-op's 25th and largest project to date.

Imran Atcha, the engineering manager from Endura Energy and also a SolarShare member-investor, led tours of the roof and explained exactly how it all works. Visitors strolled between 2,300 solar modules, manufactured by Canadian Solar Inc. The installation will power the equivalent 60 average homes.


Members who have visited a SolarShare site know the powerful reaction from seeing the scale of a project they invested in up close. "I really was surprised to see the size of the installation," said Pauline. "I was impressed, and happy to know that I had a hand in its creation. Very cool!" Pauline has invested in a $1,000 Solar Bond, and is reminded that we can make a difference by making local investments in our community. "Many small contributions from individuals can make a big and lasting difference to our lives," she said. "I was inspired to try to make a bigger contribution and to encourage others to do the same."

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