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BHE Renewables Presents $80,000 to Holt County Community Funds

DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 22, 2017) – Representatives of community funds in Holt County, Nebraska, visited the Grande Prairie Wind Farm yesterday to commemorate BHE Renewables’ contribution of $80,000 to Nebraska Community Foundation. This donation will be distributed to the respective community-based affiliated funds in Stuart, Atkinson, O’Neill and Chambers, as well as the Holt County Economic Development Fund.

As part of the Grande Prairie Wind Project, BHE Renewables has committed to donating $80,000 per year to benefit charitable activities and opportunities in the community surrounding the 400-megawatt energy generation project.

“We’re proud to deliver on the commitment that was made as part of our Grande Prairie Wind Project to support activities and opportunities that will make a difference within these communities,” said Alicia Knapp, project manager for BHE Renewables. “When this annual donation is combined with eligible matching grants over the next five years, the fund has the potential to grow to more than half a million dollars.”

The funds will benefit residents of all ages through a variety of projects.

“We are so grateful to BHE Renewables for recognizing these communities’ commitment to progress and the future,” said Jeff Yost, president and CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation. “We look forward to dreaming with local leadership about how these gifts can further build on the success that Holt County has already achieved and set our sights on even bigger goals for the future.”

Grande Prairie is the largest wind farm in Nebraska. In addition to providing clean, affordable energy to homes, businesses and communities, the project provides approximately 25 permanent full-time jobs as well as revenue for landowners and tax revenue for the communities within Holt County. To learn more about Grande Prairie, view the video available at:

About BHE Renewables

BHE Renewables is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 2012, BHE Renewables has invested extensively in solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects. As a long-term owner of assets, the company’s wind projects include the 300-megawatt Jumbo Road project near Hereford, Texas; 168-megawatt Pinyon Pines I and 132-megawatt Pinyon Pines II projects, located near Tehachapi, California; 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II project in Henry County, Illinois; 400-megawatt Grande Prairie project in Holt County, Nebraska; 72-megawatt Marshall project in Marshall County, Kansas; and 212-megawatt Walnut Ridge project in Bureau County, Illinois, which is still in development. More information is available at

Pictured in the attached (from left to right)

Jon Schmaderer, Dr. Jonna Kohle, Jay Wallinger, Alicia Knapp, Jim Brennan, Jan Krotter Chvala, Darby Paxton, Joel Steinhauser, Don Claussen, Darrel Dexter, Steve Brewster, and Nicky Cadwallader.

Posted on: Monday, July 10, 2017

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