Geronimo Gives Back
Our deep roots in agriculture and our respect for farming practices are the backbone of our company. As advocates for our projects’ landowners and farmers, we work hard for the American farming community – and we are excited and proud to support organizations that possess the same core values.
In that vein, Geronimo regularly donates and works with organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Farm Rescue, local 4H Chapters and the National Young Farmers Coalition. In our projects’ host communities, we make contributions to food pantries, schools, fire departments and other community organizations.
Geronimo Charitable Giving
We pride ourselves on our commitment to farmers, ranchers, and landowners, and as a result, we offer something no one else in our industry offers: for every wind or solar project that enters operations, we provide a charitable funding vehicle for the project’s host community.
Solar Project Education Funds
For every large-scale solar project that enters operation, Geronimo develops an Education Fund for the local school districts. Once operational, the project makes an annual contribution to the local school districts, and the schools decide how to use the funds. The contributions can be used for any school purpose and are guaranteed over a period of 20 years.
Wind Farm Community Funds
For every wind farm that enters operation, Geronimo develops a Community Fund for the local host community. Each community fund functions through a 501(c)(3) organization and guarantees annual payments for a 20 year period during operation. The purpose of each community fund is to engage in, assist and contribute money to exclusively support charitable activities and opportunities within the wind farm’s local host communities. Spending of the community fund is at the direction of the community fund’s board of directors, who are local community members within the wind farm’s footprint. The funds dispersed through community funds are divided among the communities within and around the wind farm’s area.
- Currently, Geronimo is committed to providing $5.6 million of charitable funds over 20 years to our contracted solar projects and wind farms.
Recent Charitable Funding
Our operational projects already receive funding for their community funds. Here’s how they’re giving back to their local community:
- Odin Wind Farm: repaved and created new town roads
- Marshall Wind Farm: reduced the property tax levy, which decreased property taxes for residents
- Prairie Rose Wind Farm: created educational scholarships for residents, offered grants for local businesses, and helped the local fire department purchase a new fire truck.
Read more about how Geronimo’s renewable energy projects put money back into the local host community.
Read more about how the additional revenue from both taxes and community funds are helping our host communities.