Solar PV installation at Kew Beach Public School

Our Solar PV installation at Kew Beach Junior Public School

The Beach Community Energy Cooperative Inc. (BCEC) is a renewable energy cooperative based in the east end of Toronto.

We promote sustainable living by producing renewable energy that invests in the future of our planet, for ourselves and for our children.

Our mission is to provide our community members with opportunities to channel funds into investments in renewable energy projects located here in the east end of Toronto.

In 2009, a school sustainability subcommittee was formed by the Kew Beach School Council. The parent/staff subcommittee urged the school board to participate in a 2010 competition for a provincial grant for a new school roof, solar panels and other upgrades. Kew Beach won the grant and the first solar panels were installed in 2011.

The next step was to apply for the new feed in tariff (FIT) program to further reduce the green house gas impact of the school (shrink our carbon footprint). This required formalizing the sustainability subcommittee and the Beach Community Energy Cooperative (BCEC) was incorporated in 2012.

We urge you to divest from insecure unsustainable carbon stock.  Invest in your community and receive a healthy return you can depend on. Whereas carbon investment is a danger to the planet, BCEC share income is dependent only on the sun continuing to shine.

The Latest News

June 9 set for AGM

The BCEC Inc. annual meeting has been set for June 9 at 7 pm.

Please contact the BCEC Secretary if you wish to come.

We have a small room and seating is limited.


BCEC Update

To all Members of the BCEC,

Spring is here and I would like to update all our Members on the current status of our OPA smallFIT application.

To recap, during the OPA FIT 2.1 application window from Dec 14, 2012 – Jan 18, 2013, the OPA declared that it would approve a maximum of 200MW worth of “small FIT” solar projects (projects between 10 kW and 500 kW in size). We submitted our application during that application window.

Our application was approved on September 2, 2014. Our new completion date (COD) is September 2, 2016.

The OPA received over 4000 applications totaling approximately 825 MW! 

We were the only Toronto-based Renewable Energy co-op with school ties to win a contract offer.

In the meantime, we are:

  • Developing a better BCEC website
  • Renegotiating our existing roof access license rate with the TDSB
  • Searching for corporate sponsors
  • Reconnecting with our members and adding new ones
  • Preparing for our AGM

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the co-op, please get in touch with anyone on our Board of Directors.

Kind regards,

Bob, BCEC secretary