[caption id="attachment_211629" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] This architectural illustration shows a variety of the enhancements included in the Center’s Master Plan for the James Farm Ecological Preserve, including a three-season educational building | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR INLAND BAYS/KIMLEY HORN[/caption]
Baltimore-based US Wind Inc. announced Dec. 2 that it has pledged $100,000 to Delaware’s Center for the Inland Bays, a national estuary program, which will serve as a capstone contribution to the capital campaign behind its master plan for the James Farm Ecological Preserve. In recognition of this landmark partnership, the center will name the new facility the “US Wind Environmental Education Center at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.”“The Center for the Inland Bays’ work to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s inland bays is critically important,” US Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said in a statement. “We’re grateful to be partnering with such a trusted and effective Delaware organization and honored to lend our name to the Environmental Education Center at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.”"US Wind's commitment to clean, renewable energy and the health of our coast is tremendous,” Chris Bason, executive director of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, added in a statement. “We’re honored to add US Wind's name to the Environmental Education Building that will be constructed as a part of the Master Plan for the James Farm Ecological Preserve. Their support will greatly improve the center's capacity to educate and engage youth and adults in our efforts to restore the health of the Inland Bays and their watershed for decades to come."US Wind is developing an 80,000-acre federal lease area off the coast of Maryland. In 2017, the company was awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) from the state of Maryland for its MarWin project. In 2021, US Wind submitted its plan to fully satisfy Maryland’s offshore wind goals by providing an additional 1,200 MW with the full buildout of Momentum Wind. US Wind is majority-owned by Renexia SpA, a leader in renewable energy development in Italy and a subsidiary of Toto Holding SpA. Toto Holding SpA has more than 40 years of experience specializing in large infrastructure projects, primarily in the energy sector.