ABOUT THE CO-OP

Member Owned

The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op is a member owned business serving the residents of the 23 towns of Addison County, Vermont, as well as nearby towns in Rutland and Chittenden Counties. The Co-op, which emerged from our umbrella organization, the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), was founded in June 2008 to help transition area communities from their near total dependence on fossil fuels to a greater reliance on affordable renewable energy strategies (read the Acorn Energy Co-op Bylaws).

 

As the Co-op has grown, these programs have expanded to include biomass heat, solar hot water, solar PV, and community solar electricity initiatives, as well as other heating, energy and efficiency products and services.

 

Membership in the Acorn Energy Co-op has many benefits, including discounts on a premium solar hot water system, competitive residential solar PV systems, as well as bulk pellet storage systems and bulk and bagged pellet home delivery. Members also receive discounts from numerous area business partners that offer energy products and services.

 

As owner-members, we are the cooperative, and share these rights together:

 

  • Democratic participation in decision making

 

  • Joint purchasing and member discounts

 

  • Community-scale sustainable energy development

 

  • Member education, public outreach and advocacy

 

Board of Directors
 
 Ben Marks, Cornwall
 President
 
 
 Greg Pahl, Weybridge
 VP

 

Tom Dunne, Middlebury
VP

 

Peter Carothers, Middlebury
 

 

 Richard Carpenter, Cornwall
 Treasurer

 

 Suzy Hodgson, Charlotte
 Gary Barnett, Cornwall
 Steve Maier, Middlebury
 Secretary
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 Susan Smiley, New Haven

Coordinator
 
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Mary Mester, Stockbridge
 
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