The Axton Solar Project, as part of Virginia’s clean energy production initiative to reach sustainability goals and provide enough clean electricity to power 20,000 Virginia homes, is committed to furthering efforts locally in Henry and Pittsylvania counties.
The project contributes quarterly grants to local organizations to further its impact on the local community and its leaders who are creating a stronger and more connected Commonwealth. The organizations which benefitted from these grants include Brosville Fire and Rescue, Martinsville Henry County SPCA, Pittsylvania County Young Life, Storehouse/Hunger Free Henry County, From the Heart Productions, Dry Fork Ruritan Club, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
According to Brosville Fire and Rescue Chief Carolyn Jarrett, “With the money awarded to us, we will be able to educate the community on fire prevention by going to the area schools to talk with the students about how they can prevent fires, and if there is a fire what they need to do. We will also use the funding to educate the younger children that firefighters are there to help. Some of the funding that is being received will be used to assist families with getting a smoke detector if there are none in the home.”
Caroline Frith, the SPCA’s operations manager, said, “Many of our shelter animals arrive with broken spirits. Our Hope Center employees are able to relate to them in a very special way. Their care and attention to our animals has a calming and healing effect, making them less anxious and more adoptable. We are grateful to Axton Solar for their support of this great partnership.”
Travis J. Adkins, of the Community Storehouse HungerFreeMHC said, “Our impacts are as vital to every one person or family who’s received help as it is to the full scope of a healthy and productive community. I’m proud of those impacts, and our methods to feed those in need and reduce food waste. None of what we’ve accomplished in the last two decades would be possible without every branch of the giving tree working in unison – including our new partnership with Axton Solar.”
“By providing so many organizations additional resources, the Axton Solar project is able to do more than just create a healthier, more diverse environment through clean energy and pollinator plants around the panels. We are also able to directly impact the daily lives of so many in the area. Being a true partner in Henry and Pittsylvania counties is important as we grow and become a long-term member of the community,” said Trey Lopez, development manager at Vesper Energy.
Axton solar provides community grants every quarter and submissions are now being collected for the December 15th deadline. To find out more about the community grant, visit the dedicated web page for Axton’s Community Grant Program.