EDP Renewables Honors Indiana Leaders and Community Partners, Donates $100K at Global Wind Day Event
EDP Renewables hosted an event to commemorate Indiana’s renewable energy success and recognize its statewide partnerships with its critical stakeholders.
Randolph County, Indiana, June 16, 2023 – EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), the leading renewable energy developer and operator in Indiana and a top five renewable energy operator in North America, honored the local Randolph County, Indiana, community and its partners at a special Global Wind Day event on June 15. Global Wind Day is an annual international celebration of wind energy’s role in the world economy. Held at the Randolph County Fairgrounds, EDPR NA’s event celebrated local community stakeholders and welcomed landowners, elected officials, community groups, offtakers for the company’s Randolph county renewable energy projects, including Walmart, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), and industry groups, like the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Manufacturers Association, and Hoosiers for Renewables.
Over the course of the event, EDPR NA recognized local Indiana leaders and partners who have helped to secure a cleaner future for Hoosiers through wind and solar energy partnerships and also honored the community partnerships that brought the two-phase Headwaters Wind Farm and Riverstart Solar Park in Randolph County, Indiana, to fruition. These projects operate on land owned by more than 120 Indiana landowners and their families, all of whom were invited to the celebration. EDP Renewables takes pride in being a good neighbor and building strong relationships with the local communities and is proud to continue to work with the Indiana communities who make its clean energy projects possible.
“EDP Renewables has been a great community partner for over a decade," said David Lenkensdofer, Randolph County Councilor and former County Commissioner. "The projects they have built in Randolph County have brought significant new resources to our residents and have helped position our community for a bright future."
EDP Renewables also presented the $100,000 donation to the Randolph County 4-H Fairgrounds for their capital campaign to upgrade the dining room and kitchen. The Fairgrounds serve as the heart of the community and are used for youth livestock programs, among many other community activities.
“Our community neighbors in Indiana are indispensable to us,” said Julia McPherson, Community Relations Manager at EDP Renewables North America. “On Global Wind Day, we honor their impact in creating a more sustainable, climate-positive economy for their communities and the world. This international holiday was the perfect time to show appreciation for these local changemakers.”
Walmart, as one of the offtakers who purchases energy from EDPR NA’s 200-megawatt (MW) Headwaters II Wind Farm, was pleased to attend the event and support renewable projects in Indiana.
“Walmart is proud to support the Randolph County community and partners like EDP Renewables North America,” said Vishal Kapadia, SVP for Energy Transformation at Walmart. “The community rallied together to make these clean energy projects a reality because they see the positive impacts of renewable energy on their hometowns.”
Indiana Michigan Power, an operating company of AEP, purchases energy from EDPR NA’s 200-MW Headwaters I Wind Farm.
“Indiana Michigan Power is pleased to strongly support renewable energy,” said Rob Keisling, External Affairs Manager at I&M. “The Headwaters wind farm is an important component of I&M’s energy mix, providing enough power to serve up to 50,000 typical homes. I&M is proud to be Winchester’s energy provider, and we appreciate Headwaters’ role in generating renewable energy.”
EDP Renewables is Indiana's top renewable energy developer and operator, with 1,400 MW of installed capacity across the state that generates electricity equivalent to the consumption of more than 372,000 average Indiana homes. The company’s operating renewable energy portfolio comprises six phases of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm (White and Benton Counties), two phases of the Headwaters Wind Farm (Randolph County), and the Riverstart Solar Park (Randolph County). EDPR NA is currently constructing the Riverstart III Solar Park, the Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and the Indiana Crossroads Solar Park and developed and constructed the Rosewater Wind Farm and the Indiana Crossroads I Wind Farm . The company has also announced the 200-MW Headwaters III Wind Farm (Randolph County), which is anticipated to begin commercial operations in 2025. Indiana is a vital market in EDPR NA’s portfolio, and the company has additional projects in late-stage development as well as more prospects in its robust development portfolio to grow its presence further and continue to bring economic benefits to Indiana communities.
EDP Renewables North America Senior Communications Manager
Indiana Michigan Power Communications Manager