Power Up Renewable Energy Co-operative

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Community-Based Sustainable Energy Strategies for Dufferin County and the Headwaters Region

PURE Projects

Note: This page is all about PURE's past projects - see the main page for current activities.

"Reduce The Juice"®

In 2005, our Reduce The Juice student-led, door-to-door energy conservation project EXCEEDED its target of a 5% reduction in electricity consumption for the residents of the Town of Shelburne! Full results of that pilot project are available at the Reduce The Juice website, including methodology and actual electricity usage data for Shelburne before and after our program, as supplied by Hydro One. PURE and the RTJ team thank the residents of the Town of Shelburne and the rest of our sponsors for their support in the summer of 2005.

Now - In 2006, Reduce The Juice moves on to bigger and better things! This group will continue as a separate, charitable organization, known as the Reduce The Juice Foundation. Visit their website for further details.

"Reduce The Juice"® is a registered trademark of the Power Up Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.

The 2006 Energy Expo
2006 - Orangeville

Last year, PURE co-hosted the highly successful "2005 Home Energy Lifestyle Exhibition" in Orangeville, at the Orangeville Fairgounds complex.    Energy Expo FLYER (2005 version)

THIS YEAR - PURE presents "Energy $treet" - PURE is organizing a focused section of the upcoming Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce Home & Lifestyle Show. "Energy $treet" will provide "Clean Energy & Conservation Ideas for Homeowners and Landowners", September 29th to October 1st, 2006

If you are an energy product/service vendor, and wish to be involved in our event or other activities in the community, please contact us as soon as possible. Show organization work is in progress.

The CDDHS Green Power Project

On EARTH DAY - Friday, April 22, 2005, the staff and students of CDDHS - Centre Dufferin District High School, and members of PURE - the Power Up Renewable Energy Co-operative, celebrated the completion of the Phase II of the CDDHS Green Power Project.

This occasion marked the first major solar and wind powered renewable energy system to be installed at an Ontario high school. Speakers at the event included: Ed Crewson - Mayor of Shelburne; Doug Morell - Principal of CDDHS; Jeff Wellman - lead teacher/coordinator of the Project; Matt Fairlie - PURE; Bob Borden - Chairman of UGDSB: Upper Grand District School Board; Tom Smith - Chief of Operations, UGDSB; Geoff Carnegie - Canadian Hydro; Randy Dryburgh - PURE; Chris Cosack - CDDHS Environment Club; MP David Tilson - MP for Dufferin-Caledon; MPP Donna Cansfield - Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Energy.

The Green Power Project includes a 500-Watt Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel array, a 1.5 kW wind turbine on an 11 meter tilt tower, a battery storage system and associated monitoring equipment installed on the grounds of the high school. Students and teachers at the school have assisted in all phases of the project, and will be part of the maintenance and education team associated with the project in the future.

For more info, please contact: Randy Dryburgh, PURE/CDDHS Project Coordinator, 519-323-1074, randyjoy@distributel.net

CDDHS students celebrate installation of Solar PV Panels on the roof of CDDHS, September 2004
and the CDDHS wind turbine - unveiled April 22, 2005

cddhs students cddhs turbine

See Watts Up? - Spring 2005 for more photos and details.

Humber College - Orangeville Campus

As announced in 2005, Humber College will build a new Campus facility for some 2000 students in Orangeville, with work commencing in 2006. PURE has been asked by Humber to provide input for design of the facility and buildings, as well as advice on curriculum development with respect to expertise and innovations in renewable energy technologies.

Thus far, PURE has provided Humber with a "Wish List" of items that we hope the College will consider in designing its campus facility - to make use of sustainable building practices and methods for reducing long-term energy costs and minimizing effects on our environment.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project, please contact Richard Procter or Tony Howard.

Wind Power in Your Community

A meeting and discussion on this topic was held on April 2nd, 2005 in Shelburne, focused on developing a grid-scale, community-based wind power project.

In case you missed it... Downloads are now available
including our Powerpoint presentation and spreadsheets.

Discussions and project ideas continue to be brought forth and worked on in this complex but exciting area.

For more info about this initiative, please contact PURE General Manager Tony Howard.

Power Up Renewable Energy Co-operative
Dufferin County and Headwaters Region