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Community Involvement

Communities and local landowners determine a wind project's success

A project’s success can’t be measured by energy output alone — it goes beyond volts and wattage. It includes long-term investment, workforce development, and an understanding of the benefits of alternative energy by the host community.

EcoEnergy uses a three-fold system to measure success:

  • Have we satisfied the project stakeholders' expectations?
  • Have we provided economic development opportunities within the communities we serve?
  • Have we provided a solution that is responsible to the environment and community?

If we can answer "yes" to these questions we know we’re living up to our expectations of ourselves.

Community involvement may include:

Promoting Local Economic Development Through:

  • Increased tax base
  • Construction jobs
  • Longer-term operation & maintenance jobs
  • Lease payments to the host landowners

Workforce Development Through:

Civic Involvement Through:

  • Support for community programs and activities
  • Participation in community organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Boards, and local service groups

Our goal is to work with the host communities to ensure our wind project's success. Learn more about Wind Energy, and the People involved, or read their Stories.

"EcoEnergy, you were the third company to try developing in Stephenson County behind Horizon and Navitas and the first to succeed. Congratulations on EcoGrove, you won the hearts and minds of citizens first and the resulting trust made all the difference!"

-John Blum, Chairman,
Stephenson County Board 

"…EcoEnergy's projects provide a win-win situation for all those involved…"

-Don Manzullo,
US Congress, 16th District


"With EcoEnergy’s support and guidance, we developed the first Wind Turbine Technician program in the state of Illinois. We would not have been able to develop such a program on our own. This partnership will benefit all of Northern Illinois by creating opportunities for students, job growth, and long-range economic development."

-Dr. Joe Kanosky, President,

Highland Community College