KEYSER, W.Va. — The US Wind Force Foundation has awarded $22,250 in grants from its Community Benefit Fund to 18 local projects.

The grants range from $250 to $3,000 and the fund is associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm, which is operated by Clearway Energy Group. 

Clearway agreed to finance the benefit fund when the wind farm became operational in 2012. It continues each year for the life of the project.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this community,” said Doug Vance, site manager with Clearway Energy Group. “It’s nice to know that we can be of help to such worthy projects.”

Thirty-two grant applications were evaluated by an eight-member Allocation Committee made up of local residents.

“I appreciate the continued commitment and the amount of effort the Allocation Committee exerted in its review of the grant applications,” said Cindy Pyles, a Keyser resident who chairs the committee. 

“They did an outstanding job. We appreciate that the developers of the Pinnacle Wind Farm designed a process for allocating grant money that allowed for local decision-making.”

Grants approved were:

• American Legion Boyce Houser Post 41, $2,500 for roof replacement.

• Junior Shooting Sports Program, American Legion Boyce House Post 41, $1,000 for building renovations.

• Burlington United Methodist Family Services, $500 to purchase furniture for its observation room.

• Catamount Children’s Center, $3,000 for heating/air conditioning units.

• County United Way, $1,000 to purchase materials for Little Pantries in Mineral County.

• Elk District Volunteer Fire Company, $2,000 for roof replacement.

• Family Crisis Center, $1,000 to purchase computer system and comfort packs for clients.

• Fort Ashby Public Library, $500 to purchase kits for programming events.

• Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, $2,000 to build a pavilion addition.

• Highland Arts Unlimited, $500 for mural and public arts projects.

• Keyser High School, $1,000 to purchase a telescope.

• Mineral County Historical Society, $500 for museum room renovation for military display and $1,500 to purchase a computer for a radio station infrastructure enhancement project.

• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown, $250 assistance for Mineral County families unable to pay donation cost of staying at Morgantown facility.

• Save the Keyser Pool committee, $2,000 for filtration system repairs.

• Elk Garden Police Department, $1,500 to purchase a portable radio, charger and case.

• Tri-Towns Ministerial Association, $1,000 to demolish and replace shelving.

• Westernport Heritage Society, $500 for Western Maryland Railway Station Museum renovation.

In addition to Pyles, Allocation Committee members include  Logan DelSignore, vice chair; Bill Boggs, Rod Ryan, Terry Stephens, Walt Ward, Cliff Wendricks and Carol Wilson. 

In the last eight years, US Wind Force has allocated $213,775 to local projects.

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