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In front of a packed Northern Heights gymnasium, representatives from RES (Renewable Energy Systems), the developers and construction firm for the Reading Wind Facility project delivered a $10,000 check to Principal Peggy Fort. The donation will support the Northern Heights chapter of Kansas Honor Flights, a program dedicated to the transportation of America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
The donation will enable Northern Heights High School students to accompany and aid the veterans during their trip to the nation’s capital next month and for upcoming future trips.
“We have a strong policy for hiring veterans and supporting local community initiatives whenever we begin renewable energy projects, so the opportunity to help both students and our veterans is a win-win,” said Andrew Shetter, senior project manager for RES.
“This donation from RES will help fund our Honor Flight this year and help us start up this new program that helps our students accompany veterans and explore our nation’s capital through the eyes of our distinguished veterans,” said principal Peggy Fort.
The Reading Wind Facility in Osage and Lyon counties is a 200-megawatt wind project that, once fully operational, will generate roughly 760,000 megawatt hours of clean energy per year. The Reading Wind project has already boosted the local economy, and will ultimately create approximately 125 full-time jobs during peak construction and up to eight permanent jobs once operational. Southern Power will operate and maintain the facility upon completion in the second quarter of 2020. The donation to the Kansas Honor Flights Program is made on behalf of RES.