When we join a community, we proactively engage with landowners, community leaders, elected officials, and local organizations to identify and address their experiences, goals, and concerns. We understand that along with the benefits our facilities bring, they also bring change. We strive to make those changes positive.
We seek to hire locally and bring long-term benefits to our communities by contributing to the tax base and supporting local initiatives. We become partners and neighbors. Our renewable energy facilities also bring significant indirect economic benefits through revenues added to local service industries and the influx of activity during construction and operations.
We want our facilities to help sustain and protect every community we join. We are industry leaders in taking steps to preserve environmental and cultural resources in and around our sites. We are privileged to have built close relationships with indigenous peoples and partner with them on several of our projects. We work together to ensure that their traditions and heritage are respected and preserved while their communities enjoy the benefits that renewable energy offers.
Chief Wayne McQuabbie describes how the Henvey Inlet Wind Facility will transform their First Nation and bring their small progressive community upwards of $15 million a year.
Our facilities operate in diverse environments – from deserts to farmland and mountain tops – on both private and public lands. We consider each site holistically, from the vegetation to the wildlife, and we work to not only to sustain the habitats, but often to improve them.
We estimate that we will contribute nearly $2 billion to local communities in the U.S. and Canada over the life of our currently operating facilities through tax payments, landowner royalties, and community contributions.
Everywhere we work, as we grow, so do our offsets.