November 29, 2022

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

Local committee selects recipients for Keyser wind farm’s $23,030 grant distribution

Keyser, WV – The US Wind Force Foundation, Inc. today announced the grant recipients for the Community Benefit Fund sponsored by Pinnacle Wind, which is indirectly owned and operated by Clearway Energy Group. Sixteen grants ranging from $400 to $3,000 and totaling $23,030 were allocated to local organizations, bringing the wind farm’s total donations to $273,305. 

Twenty completed grant applications were received and evaluated by a local Allocation Committee made up of eight members of the community. Awardees included area schools, fire departments, the public library, and other local groups that will apply the funding to specific projects.

The committee is chaired by Keyser resident Cindy Pyles. “I appreciate the continued commitment and the amount of effort the Allocation Committee exerted in its review of the grant applications. They did an outstanding job. We appreciate that the developers of Pinnacle Wind designed a process for allocating grant money that allowed for local decision-making,” said Pyles. 

The Pinnacle Wind CBF 2022 grant recipients are as follows:

ApplicantGrant AmountPurpose
Aging & Family Services of Mineral County, Inc$2,000Construction of a pavilion at the Keyser Senior Center
American Legion Boyce Houser Post 41$1,000Restoration of the Jonah E Kelley Memorial
City of Keyser$1,000Purchase of disc golf baskets
Compelled 2 Change$3,000Lil Homies Mentorship Program
Developmental Center & Workshop, Inc$1,000Purchase of a chain link fence with a sliding gate
Elk District Volunteer Fire Co$1,000Purchase and installation of a wall-mounted air conditioner
Fountain Ruritan Club$2,000Replacement of pavilion concrete and purchase of ten windows for building
Friends of Ashby’s Fort, Inc.$1,000Replacement of counters, sink, and faucet in Visitor Center kitchen
Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, Inc.$1,000New ramp and door replacement at the camp store in Robert W Craig campground
Keyser-Mineral Co Public Library$400Purchase of external hard drives and DVD repair machine
Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department$630Purchase of Streamlight portable scene light
Mineral Co Board of Education$2,500Purchase of floor covering for Camp Minco dining hall
Mineral Co Historical Foundation, Inc.$1,500Removal of bat guano from the Carskadon Mansion attic
Union educational Complex$2,000Purchase of outdoor storage building for athletic/PE equipment storage             
WVU – Potomac State College$500Digitization of the Grant Co Press 1940-1950
WVU Foundation, Inc (FBO Mineral Co 4-H Leaders)$2,500Installation of 16 new windows for Camp Minco dining hall
Total$23,030

The Directors and Officers of the US Wind Force Foundation extended a special appreciation to the members of the Allocation Committee: Cindy Pyles, Chair; Logan DelSignore, Vice-Chair; Carol Wilson, John Lecky, Walt Ward, Cliff Wendricks, Hayward Wilson, and Jeremy Boinovych. Their service to the Foundation and the community is a critical part of the process.

Funding for the Foundation’s Community Benefit Fund comes from Pinnacle Wind, LLC, the owner and operator of the Pinnacle Wind Project. The Community Benefit Fund was launched in 2012 and will distribute $20,000 every year over the life of the project. 

“We are extremely proud to be part of this community,” said Doug Vance, plant manager with Clearway Energy Group. “It’s nice to know that wind energy projects like ours can be of help to such worthy initiatives.”

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.  It was founded by the partners of the project’s developer, US Wind Force, who now develops renewable energy projects as the owners of Laurel Renewable Partners, LLC.  To learn more about the US Wind Force Foundation, Inc., visit the website www.uswff.org.  

About Clearway Energy Group

Clearway Energy Group is the largest owner-operator of wind energy plants in West Virginia. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate more than 8 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the United States. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 5.7 gigawatts of 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 clearwayenergygroup.com.