Showcasing Sustainable Building at Green Energy Doors Open

.On September 10th, Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic will join Community Energy Development Co-op and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario to officially unveil the new solar array at MCC Ontario’s 50 Kent building at Green Energy Doors Open. The public and media are invited to attend between 10am – 2pm. There will be tours of the roof-top array and you can meet other green energy advocates and designers. An official ribbon cutting will be held at 11am.

50 Kent is one of many renewable energy sites and energy efficient homes that will open their doors to the public for an opportunity to get close to actual projects and to share their experiences. Sites across the province will be open Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11 as part of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s (OSEA) Green Energy Doors Open.

“We are very excited that we have close to 150 event hosts across the province who will showcase their renewable energy and conservation projects big and small,” explains Nicole Risse, OSEA’s Executive Director, “Our hosts are teaching us that we can power, heat, cool and move ourselves sustainably, while building resilient and prosperous communities and acting responsibly to mitigate Climate Change.”

Since being brought online in July 2016, the solar system at 50 Kent has generated over 51,000kWh of energy. This is equivalent to powering 156,000 light bulbs for a day, or planting 67 trees.

“With Climate Change action being a cause of both concern as well as excitement for many people, Green Energy Doors Open is an initiative that provides a unique opportunity to channel questions, concerns, and ideas,” added MCC Ontario Executive Director Rick Cober Bauman “We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative, and welcome the opportunity to be a part of sustainable energy solutions that help care for creation.”

Green Energy Doors Open events take place in communities all over Ontario. The Green Energy Doors Open website ( and Green Energy Doors Open Facebook page ( provide details about the different events, their location as well as schedules.


Saturday, September 10th, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm, ribbon cutting at 11:00am
50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario


About Green Energy Doors Open

Green Energy Doors Open is a province-wide, year-round communications campaign and showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean and sustainable energy system. Green Energy Doors Open takes place in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

About the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector, good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments powered, heated, cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy by raising public awareness, advising decision makers and establishing forums for new market opportunities and collaboration. Find us on the web at

About Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is an international relief, development, and peacebuilding organization active in over 55 countries around the world. MCC Ontario’s provincial efforts include working with those facing the realities of poverty, refugee resettlement, walking alongside our Indigenous neighbours, restorative justice initiatives, shipping desperately needed material resources to partners around the globe, and welcoming Low German newcomers. Visit their website at, or view this video.


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