The Energy Solidarity Co-op (ESC) is a multi-stakeholder cooperative that seeks to democratize the financing and ownership of renewable energy through partnerships in traditionally disenfranchised communities. ESC uses a localized approach in cooperative governance and community empowerment that combines member equity, community investment and knowledge transfer services to spread community-led clean power projects
The Cooperative is comprised of worker members, consumer members and sustainers. Worker members are energy practitioners who offer technical services to support development of community power projects. Consumer members are individuals and organizations who collaboratively own and operate renewable energy systems. Sustainers are community investors who directly enable the development of clean community power, while their investment is repaid with interest as the project earns revenue.