In addition to reducing carbon emissions, we believe renewable energy can also help to build stronger local communities.
At Amp, we aim to deliver ongoing social benefits throughout the lifetime of each project. Our dedicated development teams work in collaboration with local stakeholders to get a better understanding of unique needs, environmental concerns, and a history of the communities in which we operate. With our long-term commitment to our renewable energy projects, we are able to be a trusted partner and community member.
Investing in the Communities in which we Operate
With climate change posing such an urgent risk, we believe education is the key to solving tomorrow’s environmental challenges.
In the regions where we operate our community and utility-scale solar farms, we support school renewable energy education programs with field trips, workshops, and student learning activities. These initiatives help students to understand the unique benefits of renewables and promote sustainability in their local areas. In New York alone we have committed more than $200,000 in the form of donations or scholarships to primary and secondary institutions.
We strive to create new pathways for the next generation to forge careers in clean energy.
To achieve this, we’ve funded a number of scholarships in green STEM fields to help high school students advance their education and become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.
Sponsors of the Grid Alternatives’ Tribal Program in New Mexico, teaching Navajo students about solar photovoltaic systems through hands-on training.
Pictured left: The group of NTU trainees and instructors pose infront of a system they installed in Ojo Encino, New Mexico.
$100,000 Endowed Scholarship for the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester has subscribed to six of Amp’s solar farms in Upstate New York, and will receive financial credits as a result of the clean, renewable energy generated by the farms. Amp has provided a $100,000 contribution to the university an endowed scholarship for undergraduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.
Fostering Local Relationships
We are committed to fostering long lasting relationships by supporting local community initiatives such as sponsoring local sports clubs, repairing and improving old and outdated infrastructure, within the communities.
In Fukushima, Japan, adjacent to our 14.68MW solar power plant, Amp has been a sponsor of the local football team, Fukushima United FC, since 2019.
Upon the completion of our 7MW 'Kotogawa' solar power plant in Ube City, Yamaguchi, Japan in Q3 2021, we donated 140 LED street lights to the town of Ikachi, covering the associated cost of electricity for 20 years.
The donation, valued at ¥9.5M, will support the Ikachi community to build much needed lighting infrastructure for the roads that surround the new solar power plant.
Pictured right: A ceremony took place on 5th November at Yanai townhall, where the Mayor of Yanai City granted Amp with a certificate of gratitude.
Long-term Local Partnerships
Unlike many developers, we own and operate our projects for their entire lifetime, while working with the landowners, the community and all other relevant stakeholders to ensure a valuable, long-term partnership. We work with all of the local stakeholders through the planning and development, construction, and the operation and maintenance of our projects. We also seek to source materials and services from locally based suppliers and laborers. These measures have been put in place to further support the local economy and to create opportunities for employment.
Keeping an Open Dialogue with Local Stakeholders
We hold town hall meetings for local stakeholders to openly discuss our developments and promote the unique benefits of renewable energy. These sessions allow us to create an open dialogue with residents, addressing any questions or concerns that may arise. Local community members also provide unique context and historical references that we helpful in the development process.
Pictured left: Andrew Chabot, Senior Manager at Amp US addresses over 180 Falmouth residents at the annual town meeting in June 2021, presenting on the Cape Cod Country Club proposal.
Delivering a Microgrid for a remote First Nations community, 100km from the nearest electricity grid
Located 100km from the nearest electricity grid in British Columbia, Canada, the Nemiah Valley is home to the Xeni Gwet'in band of the Tsilhqot'in people. In collaboration with the Xeni Gwet'in Chief and community leaders, our team has delivered a solar + battery storage microgrid to provide reliable energy, while offsetting carbon intensive diesel generators and reducing the cost of energy for the community.