When Mennonite Central Committee Ontario discovered a community-based model of buying solar energy in bulk, they created and launched the Mennonite Initiative for Solar Energy (MISE). This opportunity to save money on solar equipment and receive technical assistance began in March 2009 and will continue through November 2009.
The program grew out of a rising interest from individuals who wanted to make their households energy efficient but found the idea of installing solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels overwhelming on their own. Buying in bulk is cost efficient and, at the same time, eases the confusing process of installation for homeowners. Through this initiative, MCCO is developing “Communities that Care” about creation and people worldwide. MISE also aligns with MCCO’s values of “peace, justice and dignity for all people.”
Over 120 people from various Mennonite and Brethren congregations gathered for the first information meeting at Erb Street Mennonite Church on May 27, 2009. MCCO hopes to launch MISE again in 2010 and invites churches to participate in converting their buildings to solar energy. Read More