Bellevue, OH – February 5, 2024 – Apex Clean Energy is pleased to announce four new recipients of funding from its regional community grant program. Awards from the latest grant cycle total $15,000 and represent a continuation of Apex’s commitment to the greater Bellevue region.


The Apex Community Grant program supports community organizations throughout the Huron and Erie County region that are working to build safe and healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote education.

“Apex Clean Energy is proud to be a member of the Huron and Erie County community,” said Gena Miller Shelton, Public Engagement Manger with Apex Clean Energy. “These grants represent our commitment to supporting the good work already taking place within the region.”

The newest round of awards includes funding for:

  • Huron County Youth Soccer Club ($4000) towards the purchase of more energy efficient field maintenance equipment.
  • Perkins Pirates Robotics Club ($5000) to help fund the Perkins High School robotics team with the creation of the large task robot to compete at FIRST Robotics Competitions in 2024.
  • Joseph’s Catholic School ($5000) for supplies for the newly created STEM lab including a 3D printer and upgrades to the K-12 classroom laptops.
  • Firelands Habitat for Humanity ($1000) towards the cost of constructing their latest home in the region.

Nico Samaniego, Executive Director of Huron County Youth Soccer Club, expressed appreciation for the grant award. “We want to thank Apex Clean Energy for their generous grant. This investment in our program strengthens our ability to keep soccer programming affordable to children across the region, regardless of their economic conditions. It is this corporate citizenry that creates stronger communities and allows us all to move forward together,” said Samaniego.

“The Perkins High School Robotics Team is highly grateful and appreciative for consideration and award of grant monies from Emerson Creek Wind,” said robotics team advisor Jacqueline Schroeder. “The funds are being utilized for robotics parts and tools needed to build our task-oriented robot in order to compete in FIRST Robotics Competitions in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Without the outstanding community support, including from Apex Clean Energy, our team would be very hard pressed to provide this excellent opportunity for students wanting to learn and pursue education within STEM disciplines.”

“We are truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity given to us from Emerson Creek Wind. The grant will be used to increase the STEAM and technology opportunities for our students through our new STEAM lab and program,” added St. Joseph Catholic School Principal Tyler Lauber.

Through its community grant program, Apex Clean Energy has contributed more than $350,000 to community causes and non-profit organizations throughout Ohio and more than $4 million across the country. The company’s projects in the region include Emerson Creek Wind, a fully permitted wind energy project located in Huron and Erie County that will have the capacity to generate nearly 300 MW of homegrown clean energy, enough to power almost 88,000 average Ohio homes.  Apex Clean Energy is also building the 120 MW Wheatsborough Solar project, located in Erie County’s Groton Township. Once operational, the solar project will generate more than $30 million in new revenue for Erie County and the Margaretta school district.


About Emerson Creek Wind

Emerson Creek Wind, a project of Apex Clean Energy is a planned wind farm in Huron and Erie County that when complete will have a capacity of nearly 300 MW. Emerson Creek Wink offers a new source of economic development for the community with long-term revenue for local schools, government services, and public infrastructure. The power from Emerson Creek Wind will be delivered into the local Ohio electrical grid, helping to diversify the state's energy portfolio. Emerson Creek Wind is expected to generate enough energy to power up to 88,000 homes per year.

For more information about Emerson Creek Wind, visit www.emersoncreekwind.com. For more information about Apex Clean Energy, visit apexcleanenergy.com.


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