EDP Renewables North America announced a support package of $300,000 for the Chalmers, Brookston, Reynolds and Wolcott communities near the 801-MW Meadow Lake Wind Farm, located in White County, Ind.
The benefit package is a part of a series of contributions given to organizations in White and Benton Counties in 2020. EDPR NA also provided $16,000 in COVID-19 relief to the White County Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Honey Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Chalmers Volunteer Fire Department, Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department, Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department, Remington Fire Department and Community Action Program of Western Indiana.
The four towns will receive $75,000 each to put toward projects of their choice. These plans include funding a new fire station in Brookston, a splash pad and repairs to the American Legion building in Chalmers, a new electric sign and lights for the baseball field in Wolcott and an electronic marquee sign and upgrades to town facilities in Reynolds.
The company received input from local stakeholders and EDPR NA operations staff to determine which projects would benefit from the funds. In February 2020, EDPR NA met with representatives from each of the four towns, which are closest to Meadow Lake Wind Farm, to listen to their current priorities and how to support them.
The Meadow Lake Wind Farm has been operating in Indiana for 11 years. The six-phase project has boosted the area’s economy, disbursing about $11.3 million in payments to local governments, more than $51.3 million to local landowners and $65.4 million within 50 miles of the wind farm through 2019. Meadow Lake created 429 full-time jobs during its construction and 63 full-time, permanent jobs to operate and maintain the wind farm.
“Since the completion of the first phase of our Meadow Lake Wind Farm in 2009, EDP Renewables has continued to grow and invest in White County thanks to the support we’ve received from local communities. This donation is one of the ways we want to show our appreciation,” said Matt Thornton, senior development project manager – eastern region at EDPR NA.
“With the donation from EDP Renewables, the Town of Chalmers will be able to provide the Volunteer Fire Department with much-needed equipment, assist the historic American Legion with critical building repairs, light up Chalmers with new holiday decorations, repair and improve our town marquee sign, add new planters downtown to beautify our streets and establish seed funding for a splash pad in our beautiful Town Park,” said Faith Willoughby, town manager in Chalmers who worked with EDPR NA to identify projects in need of funding.