May 1, 2023

Grant Recipients Announced for Black Rock Wind Farm’s Annual Community Benefit Fund 

Keyser, West Virginia — The US Wind Force Foundation, Inc. today announced grant recipients of the second annual Community Benefit Fund sponsored by the Black Rock Wind Farm, which is owned and operated by Clearway Energy Group. Sixteen grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and totaling $59,571.43 were allocated to projects in Grant, Mineral, Garrett, and Allegany counties. 

The Black Rock Allocation Committee recently met and reviewed more than two dozen applications for the 2023 grant cycle. Keri Whitacre, a Mineral County resident, chaired the committee. “It has been a pleasure working with all the members of the committee to allocate the grant funds and their diligence to the process is much appreciated. A sincere thank you to Clearway and Laurel Renewable Partners for giving back to our communities.” 

The 2023 grant recipients are as follows: 

Applicant Grant Amount Purpose 
Antioch United Methodist Church $5,000 Fixtures and plumbing for handicapped restrooms 
Barton Hose Company No 1 $3,271 Emergency equipment (lights, vests, cones, bags) 
Burlington Vol Fire Dept $7,500 Vehicle rescue stabilization struts 
City of Petersburg $3.500 Improvement of restroom facilities at Visitor Information Center 
Developmental Center & Workshop, Inc $3,000 New flooring for three rooms and hall 
Elk District Ambulance Service $5,000 Replacement of windows, door, trim 
Elk Garden Primary School $5,000 Replacement lockers throughout the school 
Fountain Vol Fire Co $2,000 Specialized equipment for the Special Operations Squad 
Friends of Ashby’s Fort, Inc  $1,000 Railing and steps for Visitor Center rear patio 
Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, Inc $1,000 Construction of a carport for weather protection of equipment and firewood 
Grant Co Commission $5,000 Construction of a pavilion on Virginia Ave for community events 
Keyser-Mineral Co Public Library $4,000 Accessibility update to computer/DVD area 
Kitzmiller Vol Fire Dept  $1,300 Purchase of Sector 7 lights 
Mineral Co Family  Resource Network  $3,500 Completion of electrical, insulation, and HVAC in CASA’s Closet 
Mineral Co Parks and Recreation $4,500 Construction of a concession stand at soccer/softball complex at Larenim Park 
New Creek Vol Fire Dept $5,000 Replacement of pavilion used for most community events 
Total $59,571  

The Directors and Officers of the US Wind Force Foundation extended a special appreciation to the members of the Allocation Committee: Keri Whitacre, Chair; Randy Crane, Vice-Chair, Michael Boggs, Dana Carr, Bill Dunithan, Kristi Evans, Carla Kaposy, and Tony Stutts. Their service to the Foundation and their community was a critical part of the grant review process.  

Black Rock voluntarily committed to donating $133,214.29 to the Community Benefit Fund at the start of commercial operations in 2022 and $50,000 per year for the life of the project. “We are extremely pleased to be part of this community,” said Doug Vance, site manager with Clearway Energy Group. “It’s nice to know that we can be of help to such worthy initiatives and organizations that provide enrichment and critical services in the region.” 

About US Wind Force Foundation, Inc. 

US Wind Force Foundation, Inc., a West Virginia nonprofit corporation, is organized exclusively for charitable purposes.  Its primary purpose is to enhance the community by providing funding for projects related to education, historic preservation, public safety, economic development, public recreation, parks, playgrounds, athletic facilities, and other similar activities.  It will provide funding to select not-for-profit community organizations and communities, consistent with its charter.  To learn more about the US Wind Force Foundation, Inc., visit the website   

About Clearway Energy Group   
Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate more than 8 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 6.9 gigawatts of operating wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 10.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Carlsbad, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Houston; and Princeton, N.J. For more information, visit