How Does Vineyard Power Work?
Vineyard Power is a renewable energy cooperative based on Martha's Vineyard. Our mission as a 21st century utility company is to produce electricity from local, renewable resources while advocating for and keeping the benefits within our community. So, how does this affect you? The first step is to become a member of Vineyard Power.
There are several ways to do this, including signing up online, giving us a call (508-693-3002), or visiting one of the many stores on the Island that sell memberships. Since the membership is associated with the name on your electric bill, one membership can cover an individual, a family, a business, or an organization.
Now that you have joined Vineyard Power, you now have a direct voice in the cooperative: you elect board members, have voting rights, and provide general feedback. In the past, members have voted to approve the bylaws, voted on the location of our offshore wind farm, and approved the use of solar.
As a local nonprofit co-operative, Vineyard Power is for the people, by the people. Our vision is to be Martha's Vineyard's community-owned utility company.
In the short term, we have completed several commercial scale solar projects. These projects align with our mission, allow us to gain valuable organizational skills, and provide development income.
Our long term goal is to build an offshore wind farm which will provide our community with sustainable, renewable, and affordable electricity.