Shenandoah School Wind ProjectHB
Since 2011, NativeEnergy has collaborated with Indiana communities and developer Performance Services Inc. to identify opportunities to establish community wind projects throughout Indiana. Under its Help Build™ program, NativeEnergy committed to provide essential upfront funding to seven turbines, with the latest being a single turbine at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana.
The 900kW turbine will meet 85% of the campus’ energy demand. During the project’s first 10 years of operations, it is estimated to avoid 13,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions and ultimately will save the Shenandoah School Corporation $1.77 million over the first 20 years of the project.
All NativeEnergy Help Build™ projects deliver social benefits, in addition to the environmental benefit of reduced greenhouse gas pollution. The Shenandoah School Wind Project will provide vocational education in wind technology for high school students.
As with many other projects over the years, NativeEnergy, along with its clients, have provided essential upfront funding to seven Indiana community wind projects, which were estimated to avoid nearly 80,000 metric tonnes of carbon during their project lives—equivalent to the emissions from 32 million gallons of combusted gasoline.
In addition to meeting the stringent requirements of VCS, NativeEnergy has reviewed the project’s finances to ensure that the Shenandoah School Wind Project would not have been implemented without the sale of its carbon offsets. This means investing in this project adds a truly incremental clean energy project to the grid.