Developer offering community grants

COLUMBIA — A wind farm developer is offering grants to programs and organizations in Washington County in the areas of public health, economic development, sustainability and education

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Va., is proposing to build approximately 30 wind turbines on 22,000 acres in Columbia and land nearby in the Unorganized Territory, with hopes of completing the project in October 2022. The project is known as Downeast Wind.

“In these uncertain times, we want to step up and do what we can to support short-term needs and long-term investments both in the town of Columbia and throughout Washington County,” said Brian O’Shea, Apex’s public engagement manager.

Grants will be available to nonprofit groups and organizations working within the town of Columbia and greater Washington County to make a positive difference. Applications for the first round of grants are due May 1

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