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PATTERN ENERGY’S PANHANDLE WIND POWER FACILITY AWARDS OVER $149,000 FOR 2019 GRANT CYCLE

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The Amarillo Area Foundation will distribute over $149,000 in grants to civic and education projects in the 2019 grant cycle of the Pattern Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program. Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility established the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program at the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2016 to benefit residents of Carson County. An advisory committee of Carson County residents review grant applications, recommend specific charitable projects to support, and advise on the timing and size of distributions.

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Van Der Graf (static) generator purchased with a Pattern Grant from a previous cycle

Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility generates enough clean energy to power 115,000 Texan homes annually and is projected to add approximately $200 million to the regional economy over 25 years.

“To help make a strong positive impact on the community, Pattern Energy established the Panhandle Wind Education Fund Endowment and the Panhandle Wind Civic Fund Endowment with an initial $1.5 million donation and an additional $150,000 annually over the first ten years of operations,” said Spencer Roland, Facility Manager at Panhandle Wind. “We hope this funding will help many worthy local causes make a long-lasting and beneficial impact, and we applaud the commitment of the Amarillo Area Foundation and the grant recipients for their dedication to Carson County.”

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Students enjoying the new 3D printer purchased with a Pattern Grant for White Deer ISD

According to Terry Coffee, City Manager of the City of Panhandle, “We at the Panhandle Police Department are very thankful to be a recipient of $10,000 with the PPW Civic Fund Grant. The purchase of our new computers and laptops for the vehicles keep us up to date with state reporting and make our officers safer in the field where they can always be monitored on a traffic stop. There are always changes being made in the area of Responders and we thank Pattern Energy for their support. Thank you for helping us meet the needs of our community and rural areas we help with.”

The following distributions totaling $75,000 will be made from the Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic Fund:

Recipient                                       Amount        Purpose

City of Panhandle                                         $10,000             To purchase computers for the Panhandle Police Department

Lone Star Ballet                                      $3,750             To support the LSB Academies Outreach

Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo       $3,750               To support the Keeping Families Close Campaign

Skellytown Area Volunteer
Firefighters-EMS Association          $25,000          To purchase Structural turnout gear, wildland gear, and boots

White Deer Volunteer EMS                       $25,000              To purchase equipment

White Deer-Skellytown
Lighthouse Food Pantry                      $7,500             To purchase food and school supplies

The following distributions will be made from the Pattern Panhandle Wind Education Fund to total $74,179.

Recipient                                 Amount    Purpose

Ogallala Commons                          $2,500      To fund the Playa Festival for Carson County 5th graders

Panhandle Education Foundation      $8,471         To purchase technology, books and provide teacher grants

Panhandle ISD                                  $25,000    To provide security equipment, computers, and curriculum materials

Panhandle ISD                                        $5,000        To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Panhandle

Window on a Wider World          $3,393       To support Carson County WOWW programming

White Deer ISD                                       $5,000        To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from White Deer

White Deer ISD                                 $24,815     To purchase technology and Ag. Support

For more information about Pattern Energy and its operations please go to www.patternenergy.com.

Questions regarding the grant program can be directed to Sarah Griffin, Grants Program Officer, at the Amarillo Area Foundation. 806.376.4521