Welcome to Vineyard Power Cooperative
Vineyard Power is a 501(c)12 nonprofit. As a community-owned cooperative, we aim to help build a sustainable energy future for Martha's Vineyard. With a growing membership base of over 1350 people, we aim to keep the benefits and control of our energy resources within our island community.
Our mission, as a 21st century energy cooperative, is to produce electricity from local, renewable resources while advocating for and keeping the benefits within our island community.
Our vision is to be Martha's Vineyard's community-owned energy cooperative.
These goals will be accomplished through several commercial scale solar installations, an offshore wind farm, and the implementation of smart grid technology.
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Past, Present, and Future of Vineyard Power
Vineyard Power Completes 99kW Array in Chilmark
Thank you to everyone involved in the construction and completion of our 99kW solar array on the landfill in Chilmark.
A special thank you to the Selectmen, South Mountain and GHD.
The project came online on October 2, 2014 and is producing power enough power to offset over 50% of the Town of Chilmark's municipal demand.
In Partnership, Vineyard Power Wins Lease Area With Offshore MW
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced on January 29, 2015, that OffshoreMW, along with its community based partner Vineyard Power Cooperative, as the provisional winner of a lease to develop offshore wind in the federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard. The lease area, OCS-A 501, consisting of 166,886 acres, is located approximately 14 miles south of the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Prior to today's auction, Offshore MW and Vineyard Power entered into a Community Benefit Agreement, the first of its kind in the US offshore wind industry. The Community Benefit Agreement is a collaborative effort to develop utility scale offshore wind with the intention of delivering value to the local community of Martha's Vineyard, through local job creation, infrastructure investment, and community participation and input in the project. OffshoreMW and Vineyard Power will also explore opportunities to deliver wider regional benefits and values from offshore wind development.
We would like to thank you, our members, for your continued support through this process and the countless letters and hours spent advocating on behalf of our organization. We have taken another giant step towards the realization of our community-owned offshore wind farm.
Our organization is looking forward to the challenges ahead and moving forward in the same spirit of collaboration as we continue to execute our goals.
Vineyard Power won the light tan colored zone - 501
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