Why
Viridian?

Since 2012, serving Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and beyond.

  • Quality: We strive for perfection to ensure your investment will last the lifetime of the system.
  • Experience: Viridian has installed over 1MW of solar (4000+ solar panels) since 2012 and our members collectively have over 60 years of combined experience.
  • Price: Our community-focused co-operative approach means we bulk buy materials to pass on the savings to you.
Mission, Vision & Values
  • VISION
    To Contribute to a World where Clean renewable energy is the established method for powering energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, healthy and resilient communities
  • BALANCE
    Viridian is the colour between green and blue, representing the balance between ecology and technology which we are committed to.
  • MISSION
    To provide the best services and products which optimize energy use and reduce reliance on fossil fuels by using a co-operative, community-empowering business structure
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    We are committed to the environment in our work and at home. All our homes have power generated from solar panels.
  • EXPERTISE
    We are Professional Engineers, Red Seal Electricians, and Renewable Energy Technicians with diverse knowledge and skills. Viridian Energy Co-operative is a licensed and bonded electrical contractor.
  • FAMILY & COMMUNITY
    We are parents, spouses and active community members. We share a determination for a more sustainable and just society and want our work to make a real contribution towards that goal.

Worker co-ops by Karley Kerpan

Co-operative

  • What does it mean for you?
    • Each employee that works on your project is also an owner of the business ensuring quality, efficiency, and reliability that only those with a vested interest in the long term can bring to the table.

      In addition, Viridian is embedded in the communities it serves, providing education, community involvement, annual donations to local groups and providing local employment.

  • How did we came together?
    • In 2012, three fellow alumni from Vancouver Island University’s Green Building & Renewable Energy Program were looking to take their skills and education to the next level by starting a unique business on Vancouver Island. They were looking to create an equal partnership one-stop shop for renewable energy systems, from design to installation to service. They partnered up with Don Skerik, Sam Pyefinch and Juergen Seuzle to create a team with electrical, plumbing and heating to back up the renewable energy expertise of the others.

      Later in 2014, Eric Smiley would be added to the group to add his engineering and design expertise, industry and code knowledge. In 2015, Mike Isbrucker joined the coop with his 15 years of experience as a specialized solar and renewable energy electrician. In addition, Steve Unger (P.Eng) and Clayton Fischer (Red Seal Electrician) joined to help Viridian develop more markets.

  • Why Co-operative?
    • Viridian was established in 2012, the international year of Cooperatives. Tired and disillusioned about what the corporate path offered, the founders set out to achieve something more than profit. They asked themselves, “Can a business be successful, connected with community, and strive for a broader goal than mere dollar profit?”, “Is it possible to have “right livelihood” for its members and a triple bottom line objective for the business. Can we build on all fronts - personal wealth, environmental protection, education, community resiliency? 

  • What is a Worker's Co-operative?
    • "Worker co-operatives are businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by the members.  The main purpose of a worker co-operative is to provide employment for its members through operating an enterprise that follows the Co-operative Principles and Values.

      The worker co-op’s primary goal in operating an enterprise is for service to its employees and its community rather than in service to the owners of capital. The goal is to provide the best possible employment conditions for the members and to provide the customers and community with a service or product at a fair price that meets their needs and leads to a sustainable community." - Canadian Worker's Coop Federation

    • Learn more about Worker's Coops and how the operate

Learn more about The 7 Co-Operative Principles

Renewable Energy Systems We Design & Install

Learn more and check out examples of Renewable Energy Systems we've created

Solar Photovoltaic Grid Tie

Suitable for homeowners that are on the Utility Grid and are looking to offset their electrical usage with Solar. 

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Off Grid Solar System

Suitable for remote fulltime or vacation homes where there is no utility power available.

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Battery Back-Up Systems

Suitable for homeowners that already have power from the Utility and would like short or long-term energy back up. 

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The Viridian Energy Co-op Team

Wes Hyde
Technician
Kuan-Jian Foo
Project Manager
Eric Smiley
P.Eng., Project Manager
Clayton Fischer
Red Seal Electrician
Don Skerik
Red Seal Electrician
Mike Isbrucker
Red Seal Electrician
Steve Unger
P.Eng, Project Manager