First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, in an effort to support a neighboring and valued local business, announced today that it has donated $15,000 to the Friends of Bigrock. The Friends of Bigrock was formed to support the Bigrock Mountain community ski area in Mars Hill to aid in continuing operations for the upcoming ski season.
First Wind built and operates the 42 megawatt (MW) Mars Hill Wind project, which was the company’s first project to go online in Maine when it achieved commercial operations in March 2007. The Mars Hill Wind project is on the same mountain as the ski area.
“We are very grateful for the significant donation from First Wind and our neighbors at the Mars Hill wind project,” said Bill Getman, General Manager at Bigrock Mountain. “This generous contribution, along with others from the surrounding business community, has put us well on the way to our goal of $150,000. We appreciate all First Wind has done to support the ski area and the Mars Hill community over the years, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Bigrock Mountain, a 501 C3 non-profit organization, was effectively closed after losing critical funding in August. In preparation for the upcoming ski season and many more that follow, the Friends of Bigrock was formed to raise enough funds to own, operate, and integrate major changes to their operating model to become a more self-sustaining organization.