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2013 Community Report Highlights First Wind’s Civic Commitment
|By Business Wire
|May 7, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, today
announced the release of the company’s annual Community Report. The
report highlights the company’s proactive community outreach and
philanthropic activity within its host communities throughout 2013,
which includes the communities home to the company’s wind and solar
projects in operation or advanced stages of development. The 2013 report
includes details on First Wind’s increasing community and civic funding,
as well as its support of environmental stewardship and educational
opportunities through the more than $520,000 given in support and
donations to community organizations.
“2013 proved to be a very busy year for First Wind as we began
development of five new wind projects and started construction on our
first solar projects,” said Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind. “As we
entered into three new locations and qualified 443 megawatts (MW) of
wind energy for new Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), being engaged
members of the community is a core value in our corporate culture and to
developing clean, renewable energy across the country. We are dedicated
to being good neighbors in the areas where we develop, build and operate
renewable energy projects, and we are proud to share our charitable
commitments with those neighbors.”
2013 Community Commitment
First Wind operates more than 1,000 MW of generating capacity at wind
projects in the Northeast, the West and Hawaii, and being a good
neighbor in all of these regions has always been a top priority. In
2013, First Wind presented more than $520,000 to focused areas of giving
including community and civic organizations, recreation and
environmental causes, and educational organizations.
2013 Educational Commitments
In the fifth year of its annual First Wind Scholars program,
First Wind awarded 16 scholarships to qualified graduating seniors in
its host communities, who are pursuing their interests in energy,
technology and the environment, and the future of renewable energy
development in the country. To date, First Wind has awarded scholarships
to 59 students throughout the Northeast, West and Hawaii totaling
First Wind first partnered with DonorsChoose.org in May 2012 to enhance
and expand its outreach in locations where it develops and operates
projects, enabling the company to support teachers and their innovative
classroom project ideas in a tangible way. In its second full year,
First Wind funded 43 projects at 31 schools, which benefitted about
2,600 students in classrooms near many of its projects, including Mars
Hill, ME; Sheffield and Lyndonville, VT; Beaver, UT; Boston, MA; Kahuku,
HI; Tekoa, WA, along with many others.
2013 Civic Pledges and Community Events
First Wind sponsored over 125 local causes within host communities in
2013, including a donation to Bigrock Mountain community ski area in
Mars Hill, ME to aid in continuing operations for the upcoming ski
season. Other funding opportunities include continued support, where
First Wind donated to Friends of Whitman Library to support after school
programs for both children and adults in the communities surrounding the
Palouse Wind project in Whitman County, WA.
First Wind also hosted its annual Stetson Snowmobile Ride-In, bringing
together snowmobilers from across the area to see the company’s wind
projects up-close while enjoying the scenic beauty of the area, as well
as its first ATV Ride-In through the Rollins Wind Project in Lincoln, ME.
2013 Environmental Stewardship
First Wind’s commitment to environmental stewardship is of utmost
importance, and was underscored in 2013 with the unveiling of two bird
enclosures near its Kaheawa Wind projects. In an effort to provide
monitoring and conservation benefits to the federally endangered
Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel bird species, First Wind
collaborated with leading experts and environmental consultants to
protect and preserve the natural habitat. First Wind also partnered with
Maui Cultural Lands in its efforts to stabilize, protect and restore
Hawaiian cultural and environmental resources. Overall, First Wind
donated over $129,000 towards environmental and outdoor recreation
With the additional of development of five new wind projects and
construction beginning on its first four solar projects, First Wind’s
entire fleet produced approximately 2 million megawatt hours (MWh) of
clean, renewable energy in 2013, which avoided nearly 2.3 million tons
of CO2 and has the capacity to power nearly 300,000 homes
The Community Report is an annual publication from First Wind,
highlighting the company’s continued and growing commitment to its
neighbors in the Northeast, West and Hawaii. From responsible sitting on
day one to support for the next generation of engineers, community
commitment is an integral part of how First Wind does business.
First Wind’s full 2013 Community Report can be found at this link.
About First Wind
First Wind is an independent renewable energy company exclusively
focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and
operation of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the United
States. Based in Boston, First Wind is operating or building renewable
energy projects in the Northeast, the West and Hawai‘i, with combined
capacity of nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) – enough to power more than
375,000 homes each year. For more information on First Wind, please
or follow us on Twitter @FirstWind.
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