EDP Renewables North America Supports Local COVID-19 Response with Donation to the Cloud County Resource Center
EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) made a donation to the Cloud County Resource Center in Concordia in response to COVID-19 as part of its ongoing commitment to support the communities where it operates renewable energy projects. This contribution is part of the company's overall commitment of more than $300,000 to be donated to local nonprofit organizations providing relief from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in EDPR NA's more than 50 project communities nationwide.
"We have a strong presence in Kansas and wanted to make a significant contribution that would help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our project communities," said Rorik Peterson, Director of Development – Central Region at EDPR NA. "The goal of these donations is to help strengthen local relief organizations and give them the resources to support our neighbors who are relying on their services. For many residents, this may be the first time they have needed this kind of help to get by, and we want to do our part to make sure it is available for anyone in need."
EDPR NA relied on guidance from local employees, residents, and leaders who understand the specific circumstances in their communities to identify which organizations needed support most.
"We put a big focus on being an active and supportive member of our communities, which goes beyond creating family-wage jobs, providing stable income for landowners, buying from local businesses, and making payments to local governments," explained Peterson. "We are always looking for ways to provide additional support to the communities who host our projects and certainly wanted to step up at a time when so many folks are facing hardship."
EDPR NA is the owner and operator of four wind farms in Kansas, including two phases of Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County. With a combined capacity of nearly 600 megawatts, EDPR NA's wind farms provide enough clean energy to annually power the equivalent of more than 163,000 average Kansas homes.
The global pandemic has taken an economic toll on countless communities across the country, and many people see renewable energy as an opportunity to jumpstart rural economies. In Kansas alone and through 2019, EDPR NA has supported 833 jobs during construction phases of its projects, created 71 permanent jobs, spent an estimated $86.2 million within the state, and paid more than $15.4 million to local landowners.