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Be a founding contributor and support five cooperatively-owned solar power projects with schools and community groups in California!
Shiva Patel
Oakland, California
United States
3 Team Members
A Clean Break For Community Power is sponsored by Cutting Edge Capital. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to support the democratization of investing.


We want to change the electricity grid. You interested? 

Why it Matters

The energy landscape in North America is already in the midst of a major overhaul. Despite all the recent advancements in government policy, rebates and incentives, smart grid applications and turnkey technologies, there are still barriers to generating community solar.

Individuals and households living on low income and in areas exposed to the health impacts downstream of hydrocarbon-based energy production are often shut out of the technical, policy, and financial opportunities.

The Energy Solidarity Cooperative was formed as a response to this imperative, and we see ourselves part of a larger whole, because communities deserve local control over local resources. In reaching our fundraising goal we can prove that communities can become energy resilient and that good ideas can be supported by their communities independent of traditional, top-down financing models.

In the spirit of environmental and social justice, we are kicking off this campaign on June 5th, World Environment Day, and concluding it on July 6th, International Co-op Day!

What Your Contribution Means

So what are you supporting? As a founding contributor, your dollars are going to literally kick off a massive funding drive called a direct public offering (read more here: http://bit.ly/XiakAN) to help finance between 3 and 5 community-owned, cooperatively-run solar power projects. The direct public offering serves as an alternative to top-down financing models such as venture capital and large banks. 

We are currently partnering with schools, non-profit organizations, and community groups in Oakland, California to install systems serving as educational sites on urban rooftops or brown-field reclamations. But we won't stop there. Some of the money generated will be re-invested in more community power projects!

This IndieGoGo campaign plus the Direct Public Offering will demonstrate a viable path to community-owned solar. ESC plans to build off this foundation to develop a platform and path to community-owned energy for institutions and individuals, including both on-site and off-site community solar projects. 

Who We Are

The folks behind ESC are a dynamic team of architects, engineers, planners, policy analysts, group facilitators, educators, researchers and community leaders.

But above all, we're energy activists who believe in a different way of doing things. We'd like to fund these clean power projects in the same as they will be owned and managed—from the ground up, through grassroots involvement of people like you.

Check out the slew of exciting rewards being offered as a show of appreciation for your contribution and thanks for helping community power grow!

In solar-darity,



Our Rewards:

 Indiegogo Rewards

Our Reward Partners:


numiyes! magazine        Benziger Wine       Equal Exchange



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$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 6, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Shout Out!

    Receive a shout out of appreciation in our newsletter and social media networks.

    5 claimed
  • $15USD
    Postcard From Our Hearts!

    A shout out and a personalized letter from our team thanking you for your invaluable contribution.

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Stick With It!

    What better way to show your support for community power than with one of our snazzy ESC decals (3" by 5") or stickers (2" by 2"). And a shout out seals the deal: you love community power.

    17 claimed
  • $50USD
    Communi-T Shirt!

    You'll be one of the few on your block wearing this stylish apparel reminding others that you're a "community power generator". And a sticker too for your preferred mode of transportation. In case those aren't loud enough, we're also giving you a shout out!

    17 out of 25 claimed
  • $50USD
    Solar-darity is Sweet!

    Have your cake and eat it too with 1 dozen of any one item from Engineered Cupcake. Engineered Cupcake is an Oakland, California based business owned by an engineer dedicated to creating tasty home baked goods made from straightforward ingredients. Cupcakes with champagne buttercream, irish cream brownies, vegan coconut cupcakes, gluten free blueberry muffins? Deciding is the toughest part. (Pick up and delivery SF Bay Area only)

    6 out of 7 claimed
  • $75USD

    A bottle of bio-dynamic wine, in appreciation, courtesy of Benziger Winery in California.

    8 claimed
  • $100USD
    Steeped in Gratitude!

    A decal, sticker, personalized letter, shout-out and either a copy of YES! Magazine or a box of Numi Tea.

    4 out of 50 claimed
  • $250USD
    The Calm-unity Contribution!

    Time to relax with 3 bottles of bio-dynamic wine, courtesy of Benziger Winery in California, as well a sticker and decal and either a box of Numi Tea or a bag of Equal Exchange coffee.

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $500USD
    The Energizer!

    A half case of bio-dynamic wine or a tour and tasting (if you're in the region), a box of Numi Tea, a bag of Equal Exchange coffee, a t-shirt, sticker and another special gift.

    2 out of 4 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Avid Supporter!

    Since we cannot thank you enough for this contribution, we'll have to immortalize our appreciation with a video of our team personally thanking you. In addition, you will receive a full case of bio-dynamic wine, t-shirt, sticker, decal, a box of tea, a bag of coffee, magazine, and another special gift.

    1 claimed
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