About Us

Viridian has been serving our communities with solar since 2012. We have installed over 6.62MW of power (18,000+ solar panels). This legacy of experience makes Viridian your trusted source for solar.

  • Quality: Each system is customised to suit the property specifics, using the latest research, technoligies and equipment. We are committed to ensuring you realize the utmost value when making your solar investment.
  • Price: Value for money! Our team will ensure your system is maximized to its full potential. As a community-focused co-operative, we specialize in neighbourhood and group system pricing, the savings are passed along to you!

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

Worker 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

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?

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 for renewable energy systems, from design to installation and service. Today, the expertise at Viridian Energy Co-operative consists of engineering and design, electricians and installers. A team that has become industry leaders in providing solar energy systems for residential, commercial and community projects.

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.

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 and take pride in our part for climate change action. We work remotely throughout Vancouver Island to reduce our carbon footprint and daily commute.

Expertise

We are Red Seal Electricians, Designers, and Renewable Energy Technicians with diverse knowledge and skills. Viridian Energy Co-operative is a licensed and bonded electrical contractor.

Community

We are 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.

Viridian; proudly B Corp Certfiied – to learn more…

B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials. In order to achieve certification, a company must:

  • Demonstrate high social and environmental performance
  • Make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and achieve benefit corporation status if available in their jurisdiction.
  • Exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website.

As leaders in the movement for economic systems change, B Corps reap remarkable benefits. They build trust with consumers, communities, and suppliers; attract and retain employees; and draw mission-aligned investors. As they are required to undergo the verification process every three years in order to recertify, B Corps are by definition also focused on continuous improvement, leading to their long-term resiliency.

B Corp Certification is holistic, not exclusively focused on a single social or environmental issue. And the process to achieve and maintain certification is rigorous and requires engaging teams and departments across your company. Taking company size and profile into account, verification involves documentation of your company’s business model and information about your operations, structure, and various work processes, as well as review of potential public complaints and possible site visits. Recertification confirms these standards continue to be met on an ongoing basis.

Learn more about the B Corp movement

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