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Greensburg Wind Farm wins "Project of the Year" award

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Mar 09, 2011
Tags: awards, greensburg wind farm, wind energy

We’re excited to announce that the Greensburg Wind Farm has been named “Wind Project of the Year” by, a leading renewable energy publication. The wind farm was chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted for the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards. Jeff Bernicke, president of NativeEnergy, accepted the award at the REWNA Conference in Tampa, Florida. said: “To recognize the perseverance of the people of Greensburg, Kansas, and the leadership of companies involved in developing and marketing the project, the 12.5 MW Greensburg Wind Farm is the 2011 ‘Wind Project of the Year.’”

In May 2007, a massive tornado leveled Greensburg, destroying 95% of the town. In the face of this tragedy, the citizens of Greensburg decided to rebuild as “the greenest town in America." This plan—spearheaded by non-profit Greensburg GreenTown—included construction of the Greensburg Wind Farm.

The wind farm was financed in part through NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ carbon offsets. Thousands of our customers stepped up to help build the project. The Charter Supporters included: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry’s, Brighter Planet, Stonyfield, CLIF Bar, Aveda, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Reverb. By purchasing Help Build™ offsets, you all provided critical upfront funding for project construction.

"When NativeEnergy first brought the Greensburg Wind Farm to us, we were excited to be early supporters," said Paul Comey, vice president of Environmental Affairs at GMCR, Inc. "Upon visiting the site and meeting the community, we realized we could make a difference. By purchasing carbon offsets from the project, we are mitigating our carbon footprint while helping Greensburg along its journey to become the greenest community in America."

“I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous progress that the people of Greensburg have made in their commitment to becoming a truly green community, so being awarded ‘Wind Project of the Year’ is a fitting recognition,” said Chuck Bennett, vice president of Earth & Community Care at Aveda. “This tremendous honor reinforces my belief that Aveda’s support for the community and the wind project has been very well founded.”

The project, which began operating in March 2010, consists of 10 new wind turbines, 1.25 MW each. The project developer, owner, and operator is Exelon Wind, LLC (formerly John Deere Renewables, LLC).

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Thank you to all of our Greensburg supporters—we couldn’t have helped build this project without you!

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