Tradewind Energy Donates Buses to Help Solve the District’s Pressing Student Transportation Issues
(December 19, 2013) Tradewind Energy, developer of three operating Oklahoma wind projects, will surprise the students and faculty of the Shidler School District on Thursday, December 19, 2013, with two new school buses to ease the transportation troubles the district is experiencing.
Tradewind Energy’s Aaron Weigel attended a recent school board meeting to share details of a planned wind project and listened intently as the board members and district patrons attending the meeting discussed its aging school bus fleet, the high cost of maintenance and an ever tightening budget. Following the meeting, Weigel set a course to see if he could solve the district’s most immediate needs by arranging for the lease of two brand new buses.
“We strive to be active participants in the communities in which we develop, and we simply couldn’t look the other way,” said Weigel. “I attended a school that reminds me very much of this one, so I know what it’s like when a bus breaks down on a dirt road in February 45 minutes into your hour-long ride. To be able to provide the district with some relief, while playing a role in transporting this precious cargo—we couldn’t think of a better Christmas gift.”
Tradewind, which is developing the 136MW Mustang Run wind project in Osage County, has committed to paying all costs associated with the lease of two buses to the Shidler district for three full years, which includes maintenance and tires for the duration of the lease period.
“It will take about three years for our school district to begin receiving tax dollars from the operations at Mustang Run,” said Shidler Superintendent John Herzig. “Tradewind’s gift of these school buses helps us bridge the gap and take care of our critical transportation needs until we can count on the increased tax revenue in future years. I guess Santa’s sleigh is big and yellow in Osage County this year.”
In the first year of energy production at Mustang Run, the tax benefit to the school district is expected be approximately $1 million.
The two buses will be delivered to the Shidler Public School when the students load up at 3:15 p.m. for the ride home on December 19, 2013. Both Superintendent John Herzig and Tradewind’s Aaron Weigel will be available for interviews.
Tradewind is also the developer of the Chisholm View Wind Project in Garfield and Grant counties in Oklahoma, as well as Rocky Ridge in Washita and Kiowa counties, and is in talks to purchase another Osage County project, the 150MW Osage Wind Project.
“We’re proud to be a member of this community and want to give back to Oklahoma for the gracious and enthusiastic ways it has supported wind energy,” said Rob Freeman, Tradewind’s Chief Executive Officer. “On behalf of our entire Tradewind Energy team, we are honored and privileged to help remove an obstacle for the school district, recognizing its financial resources are already stretched thin.”
Tradewind Energy, Inc. is one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S. Founded in 2003, the company has earned a reputation for its innovation in the market, its highly skilled and passionate team, and for its respect for the people and communities where it develops projects. Tradewind was honored with the Kansas Governor’s Energy Achievement Award and was bestowed the national Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association. The company’s founders were 2013 finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Tradewind takes great pride in its demonstrated ability to deliver low-cost wind and solar energy to diverse markets while maintaining an uncompromising commitment to long-term project quality. To date, Tradewind has completed one gigawatt of installed wind capacity, representing $1.7 billion of capital invested, and is rapidly expanding its solar development portfolio. The company is actively developing about 3,000 MW of wind and solar energy projects in multiple states across the U.S. For more information, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.
For more information:
Laurie Roberts, 913-220-7488