California Solar Electric Company – Grass Valley, CA

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Industry: Solar Location: Grass Valley, California Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Project Equity From the company https://californiasolarco.com/ Learn more Yubanet – Cal Solar joins national Solar Co-Op (2020) The Union – Cal Solar becomes first worker cooperative in Nevada County (2019) Yes – Converting Businesses to Cooperatives Just Got Easier (2019) Project Equity – […]

Insource Renewables – Pittsfield, ME

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Insource Renewables is a solar installation 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 […]

Northwind Solar – Stevens Point, WI

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North Wind Solar 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, resource […]

ReVision Energy – Portland, ME

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Industry: Solar Location: Portland, Maine Number of employees: 250 Became employee owned: 2017 From the company https://www.revisionenergy.com/employee-owned/ ReVision Energy – ReVision Energy Converts to Employee Ownership (2017) Learn more Press Herald – ReVision Energy wins clean energy honor (2019) Island Institute – ReVision Energy is reinventing energy economy (2018) 13 News Now – The Maine solar […]

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 From the company Catamount Solar – Our Workers’ Cooperative Learn more VT Digger The Vermont Solar Carport – A collaboration between Vermont Cooperatives (2020) Green Energy Times – Catamount Solar: Sustainable, Sharing, Stable, […]

Evergreen Energy Solutions – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Solar Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 44 Became employee owned: 2009 Financing: Fund for Employee Ownership Assistance: Ohio Employee Ownership Center From the company Evergreen Energy Solutions Evergreen – Ohio Solar Cooperative (video) Learn more Journal Sentinel – In Cleveland, co-op model finds hope in employers rooted in the city Next City – Cleveland’s Evergreen […]