FFA Partnership

EDP Renewables North America Announces Partnership with the National FFA Organization

Thursday 13, June 2024

The partnership will support FFA’s Local Engagement Program, Resources for Work Force Development at agexplorer.ffa.org, Supervised Agricultural Experience Grants, and more.

Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13, 2024  EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), a leading renewable energy developer and a top five renewable energy owner and operator in the United States, is proud to announce it has partnered with the National FFA Organization (FFA) to support the future of American agriculture and their mission of educating students through hands-on learning to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

With more than 945,988 members across 9,163 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA aids the next generation of farmers, biologists, chemists, veterinarians, and engineers by cultivating their own unique talents and exploring their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. 

In a move to further support the dozens of communities that EDPR NA serves through its renewable energy generation, the company is now sponsoring FFA as a Five Star Partner in 2024 to empower the Organization to make a greater positive impact across the country. EDPR NA will support FFA’s Local Engagement Program for Chapter Financial Assistance, which directly funds FFA chapters nationwide. These funds help individual chapters obtain new equipment, take part in new experiences, and achieve their goals for their educators and students.  

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and EDPR NA’s support of FFA’s educational opportunities will ensure they are ready to meet the needs of the changing agricultural landscape,” said Scott Stump, CEO, National FFA Organization/Foundation. “This partnership will provide financial assistance to local chapters across the country supporting skill development in environmental science and natural resource systems, leadership training, career pathways establishment, and much more.”

EDPR NA’s sponsorship also includes support of the Resources for Work Force Development at https://agexplorer.ffa.org/, which will help educate the next generation of leaders to lead by example, act responsibly, and create solutions to change the world. The program helps students prepare for the workforce at all levels by revealing available careers and providing them with opportunities to develop critical skills and enhance industry knowledge. The Ag Explorer program has seen more than 12 million views over the past six years.

"EDPR NA and FFA share the same core values of cultivating the next generation of students to lead the way in creating a more sustainable future,” noted Sandhya Ganapathy, CEO of EDP Renewables North America. “At EDPR NA, we recognize the vital role that farmers all across America play in empowering the renewable energy industry. Through FFA’s programs, we’re making sure these students are prepared to meet the needs of the modern renewable energy workforce.”

The partnership will also include support for the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants, which provide students with hands-on experiential projects leading them on a path of personal growth and career skill development. EDPR NA will directly open doors for students in the Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Natural Resources Systems career path by bringing their individually funded projects to life. Environmental Science projects will be centered around the study of systems, instruments, and technology used to monitor and minimize the impact of human activity on environmental systems. 

The EDPR NA-sponsored Natural Resource Systems projects aim to manage, protect, enhance, and improve soil, water, wildlife, forests, and air as natural resources—all of which are vital to the development of 21st-century renewable energy facilities. 

In addition to supporting STEM education in agricultural regions through its support of FFA, EDPR NA also sponsors the National 4H Council and a variety of K-12 education programs ranging from KidWind to REpowering Schools and the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

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About EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA)
EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), its affiliates, and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms, solar parks, and energy storage systems throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 60 wind farms, 14 solar parks, and eight regional offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 10,200 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 9,300 MW of onshore utility-scale renewable energy projects. With more than 1,000 employees, EDPR NA’s highly qualified team has a proven capacity to execute projects across the continent.  
For more information, visit www.edpr.com/north-america and follow us on LinkedIn
About EDP Renewables 
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in renewable energy development with a presence in 28 regions in Europe, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific. With headquarters in Madrid and leading regional offices in Houston, São Paulo and Singapore, EDPR has a sound development portfolio of top-level assets and market-leading operating capacity in renewable energies. Particularly worthy of note are onshore wind, distributed and large-scale solar, offshore wind (OW - through a 50/50 joint venture), and technologies to complement renewables such as storage and green hydrogen. 
EDPR's employee-centered policies have received recognition such as Top Workplace 2023 in the USA, Top Employer 2023 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Romania, Greece, Portugal and Poland) Colombia and Brazil, and are also included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. 
EDPR is a division of EDP (Euronext: EDP), a leader in the energy transition with a focus on decarbonization. Besides its strong presence in renewables (with EDPR and hydro operations), EDP has an integrated utility presence in Portugal, Spain and Brazil including electricity networks, client solutions and energy management. 
EDP – EDPR’s main shareholder – has been listed on the Dow Jones Index for 16 consecutive years, recently being named the most sustainable electricity company on the Index. 
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 945,000 student members as part of 9,163 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook and Twitter.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders and individual donors. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.


Media contact

Tom Weirich 
EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) 
E: thomas.weirich@edp.com   

Kristy Meyer 
National FFA Organization 
E: media@ffa.org   

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