Ride for Renewables

In 2013, then CBN board member and Canada Bikes co-founder Thomas Hasan launched the Ride for Renewables series of bike tours of existing and potential renewable energy projects. Serving in 2013 and 2014 as a fundraiser for Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op, Thomas researched, organized, and led the initial 2013 Lakeshore Ride for Renewables through in various communities in Toronto’s west end, including SOCEC board members as energy experts to provide both information on wind, solar, biogas, and deep lake cooling projects and to act as bike marshals to ensure rider safety en route. In 2014, the SOCEC board organized the West Toronto Ride for Renewables.

The Ride for Renewables series is currently being re-launched to promote renewable energy projects by bicycle in communities throughout Canada. To develop a Ride for Renewables for your community or for more information, please contact Thomas Hasan.


West Toronto Ride for Renewables

UPDATE: photos from the 2014 West Toronto Ride for Renewables

What would our city look like if we powered it sustainably?

On October 4 Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op invites the public to join
its second annual bike tour of local green energy projects.

Starting at Steamwhistle Brewery and ending in the Junction, the co-op will lead a
family-friendly tour of prominent and hidden renewable energy installations in the
western part of Toronto.

The ride is part of Green Energy Doors Open, organized by the Ontario Sustainable
Energy Association. It will provide an opportunity for residents to discover the
possibilities of green energy in Ontario and to join the co-operative. Admission is free.

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12:00 pm
Meeting point: Steamwhistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
Registration and directions: https://www.uniiverse.com/westto-rideforrenewables

Press Release (PDF)


Lakeshore Ride for Renewables

UPDATE: photos from the 2013 Lakeshore Ride for Renewables


On July 28 join the Lakeshore Ride for Renewables
to explore local green energy projects by bike, with Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op.

On July 28th, the public is invited to help launch one of the province’s newest renewable energy co-operatives, Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op (SOCEC) at the inaugural Lakeshore Ride for Renewables.  SOCEC will host a guided bike tour of existing renewable energy installations and potential community power projects in neighbourhoods along Toronto’s western waterfront.  The ride is the co-operative’s first official event and will provide an opportunity for residents to discover the possibilities of green energy in Ontario and to join the co-operative as a “founding 50” member.

Ride initiator and SOCEC board member Thomas Hasan explains, “We’re using the bicycle –a sustainable choice like clean energy– to highlight some of the projects the renewable energy sector has realized locally and to build support for community power and the co-op.”

The bike tour will meet at 11:30 am at the base of the wind turbine at Exhibition Place and depart shortly thereafter on a family-friendly bicycle ride westward along the Waterfront Trail and side streets into South Etobicoke. At various stops along the tour, SOCEC board members and sector representatives will provide insights into Ontario’s continent-leading Green Energy Act and feed-in-tariff (FIT) program and present potential community power project sites the co-op is exploring, including what could be the province’s first solar-on-brownfield and floating solar developments.

Admission in the ride is free although we do welcome donations and encourage participants to become members of the co-op.

When: Sunday, July 28, 2013 11.30 am
Where: meet at the base of the wind turbine at Exhibition Place
Registration and directions: http://rideforrenewables.eventbrite.com/#

Those interested to join the co-op but who can’t attend the ride can become a member via the website at http://sustainabilityontario.ca/join.html

Press Release (PDF)

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