All across the country, Resident Owned Communities are doing powerful things! On this episode of Ownership Matters, we’re joined by Ron Palmer, Board President at Lakeville Village in Geneseo, N.Y., to talk about his ROC’s new solar array. Tune in to find out what motivated the residents of Lakeville Village to peruse a solar array, how much income it will generate for their ROC each year, and how much it cost the community to install (spoiler alert: $0). This is an electrifying conversation that you don’t want to miss!
Episode: 12 A Powerful Project at Lakeville Village
Tune in to this episode of the Ownership Matters podcast as hosts Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard highlight the stories of people at the heart of the manufactured housing and resident-ownership movements. In this episode, Paul and Mike invite Ron Palmer, President of Lakeville Village, to join the conversation to discuss Ron’s background, leadership path, and the powerful solar project his community has been working on.
0:49 – Ron’s background
Paul and Mike introduce Ron’s background in business, pastoral ministry, board positions, and free-time hobbies.
1:30 Ron introduces Lakeville Village
Ron joins the conversation to tell us a little more about himself and about Lakeville Village. Located at the north end of one of the Finger Lakes, Ron says that this college-town is a wonderful and beautiful place to live.
2:47 Ron’s leadership path and getting things done
Mike and Paul ask Ron to share about his leadership path on this board and being President. Learn about Ron’s mindset on getting in and rolling his sleeves up. Ron is all about doing, and not just talking, to get actions completed.
3:34 Insight on projects and community wide decisions
Listen as Ron gives insight on examples of various projects and community wide decisions they have completed. Looking at expenses and prioritization, Ron emphasizes the importance of complete transparency and setting goals. Ron shares about how specific goals have shaped their efforts and success in completing projects. Learn about the key process in turning a community’s thinking towards a manufactured home development, instead of outdated terminology. Don’t miss the critical role communication, full transparency, and community engagement play!
7:27 How Ron has worked on engaging the community
How has Ron, as president, gone about engaging the community? Ron shares the importance of seeing each other as necessary parts of the community. He says that it is key that everyone takes responsibility and ownership of their parts of the community—it’s not just up to the board and its leaders. Their sense of community is most important because one person could not accomplish all that they have. Learn their motto—if you see something, do something.
9:11 The Solar Project
Ron talks about their new solar array, how it came about, and the motivation for them to pursue this. He addresses the process for them becoming a ROC, the acreage, and the system they’re using. With a heightened concern for their carbon footprint, Ron’s community sought this opportunity and wanted to keep the energy local.
15:54 Ron’s expectations looking forward
Ron shares about the growing rate of using Green Energy and how his community is on the cutting edge.
16:43 Advice for other co-ops
Learn the importance of looking at tie-ins, acreages, and minimum costs for a project like this. Ron talks about negotiating everything upfront, along with the financials behind the scenes. Learn what the homeowner assessment is monthly and how their financial assessments have changed since becoming part of ROC.
19:04 Lakeville Village during the pandemic
Ron shares how the members of this village supported one another during the COVID pandemic. How did they help financially provide for other communities? Listen to the amazing benevolence of this community!
21.33 Peer-to-peer networking
Ron touches on the impact of peer-to-peer networking among coop leaders and the success this has led to—the payback is amazing.
22:47 Thanks to Ron for joining
Thanks to Ron for drawing a clear picture of how the solar array is working out for their community. He reminds listeners that it all comes back to teamwork.
23:40 Review and closing thoughts on episode. Thanks for joining!
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