Fish and wildlife conservation is the aim of a new first-of-its-kind program designed by Apex Clean Energy; in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF); the benefits of this program will spread all across the country; however, they will specifically engage in the regions where Apex’s assets are.
Firstly, the conservation program intends that for each new wind and solar project that Apex commercializes; the company will contribute $1,000 per megawatt to NFWF. In turn, the Foundation will match these funds at a level of 1:1 or more; and will also prioritize utilizing the dollars to fund conservation projects near the renewable energy facilities.
Secondly, the partnership represents the first conservation grant program of its kind in the clean energy industry.
Thirdly, the partnership also includes the possibility for Apex to leverage the Foundation’s science-based competitive grant processes; this, to address conservation challenges and generate lasting benefits for communities across the nation.
Consequently, the partnership will be able to advance conservation efforts; with a speed and also flexibility that is unique among the NFWF’s public-private partnerships. It will also set a new precedent for NFWF’s future partners and the clean energy industry.
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Fish and wildlife conservation, but also cleaner water and carbon capture
Moreover, the funds are specifically designated to enhance and improve habitats for fish and other wildlife; where Apex Clean Energy’s plants are. In addition, the plan also considers support to local economies through job creation; provide cleaner drinking water, and support carbon sequestration.
On the other hand, this is not the first effort of the company in regards to wildlife. As we reported previously, back in June, the company announced that it contributed with $300,000 to Ducks Unlimited, to improve wildlife habitat in the lower Illinois River Valley, a region crucial to community recreation and several species of winged creatures.
In regards to that, Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex, said. “Apex’s core focus is on accelerating the shift to clean energy; but alongside that mission, it is critical for us to enhance the sustainability of the ecosystems and habitats where Apex’s projects operate.”
Finally, he remarked. “Partnering with NFWF expands the potential impact of our conservation grant program dramatically; enabling Apex to provide this benefit in every region that hosts one of our commercialized projects.”