California Solar – Grass Valley, CA

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Industry: Solar Location: California Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Project Equity Learn more californiasolarco.com Yes – Converting Businesses to Cooperatives Just Got Easier (2019) Project Equity – California Solar: Lars’ Story Briar Patch – Cal Solar Employees Explore Becoming Worker-Owned Co-op   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Solar Employee Owned Small Businesses […]

Insource Renewables – Pittsfield, ME

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Insource Renewables is a 10-employee Solar business in Pittsfield, Maine. The original owner recognized his limited capacity to continue to manage and grow his business as a sole proprietor and saw conversion to employee-ownership as a solution that would balance his lifelong commitment and anticipated growth of the business. Insource Renewables provides a unique opportunity […]

Sun Light & Power – Berkeley, CA

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Industry: Solar Location: California Number of employees: 80 Became employee owned: 2018 Assistance: ICA Group, Beyster Institute Learn more Sun Light & Power – California solar solutions provider, Sun Light & Power, becomes 100% employee owned Staubus – The Cooperative / ESOP Hybrid: The Best of Both (slides) North Bay Business Journal – Employee ownership embraced by […]

North Wind Renewable Energy – Stevens Point, WI

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North Wind Renewable Energy is a solar power system design and installation company organized in 2007 in Stevens Point, WI. Its mission is to educate people on the numerous benefits of solar power and to deliver clean solar electricity to the utility grid in order to help people take concrete steps to combat climate change, […]

Technicians for Sustainability – Tucson, AZ

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Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) in an employee-owned cooperative in the solar industry in Tucson, Arizona. As of 2018, 16 of the 50 employees have joined as owners. The co-founders had been interested since their start in how shared ownership could help create a positive, engaging work environment. They began to seriously explore the idea in […]

Sustainergy – Cincinnati, OH

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Industry: Solar Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Number of employees: 5 Became employee owned: 2013 Assistance: Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more Sustainergy –  Our Team Co-op News – Future of work: Cincinnati experiments with co-op/union hybrid (2018) Yes – From Grocery Stores to Labor Unions, Cooperatives Were the Answer (2017) Cooperative Grocer – […]

Namaste Solar – Boulder, CO

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Namasté Solar was founded in 2005 to provide residential and commercial solar services. The company chose to restructure as a worker cooperative in 2011. Prior to the transition, the company operated on a one-person-one-vote basis for most operational decisions, but shareholder votes were made on a one-share-one-vote basis.  The cooperative model more closely matched the democratic ideals […]

Catamount Solar- Randolph, VT

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Industry: Solar Location: Randolph, Vermont Number of employees: 11 Became employee owned: 2011 Assistance: Vermont Employee Ownership Center Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England Learn more Catamount Solar – Our Workers’ Cooperative VT Digger – Catamount Solar adds four new employee-owners Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Kinney Honored with Grundy Award   Employee Owned Small Businesses […]

Evergreen Energy Solutions – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Solar Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 44 Became employee owned: 2009 Assistance: The Democracy Collaborative, Ohio Employee Ownership Center Learn more Evergreen Energy Solutions Evergreen – Ohio Solar Cooperative (video) Journal Sentinel – In Cleveland, co-op model finds hope in employers rooted in the city Next City – Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives Finding Better Ways to Employ […]

Pioneer Valley Photovoltaic – Greenfield, MA

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Industry: Solar Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts Number of employees: 44 Became employee owned: 2002 Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England Learn more www.pvsquared.coop/our-co-op CFNE – Pioneer Valley PhotoVoltaics Co-op: Good, Green Jobs MassLive – Greenfield worker-owned PV Squared solar firm earns national kudos Greenfield Recorder – PV Squared named entrepreneurship award winner Video   Employee Owned Small Businesses […]