The Foundation Fulfills Teacher Requests to Enhance Student Educational Experience
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (October 30, 2017) – Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy today made a joint donation of $25,000 to the Lamar County Education Foundation. The donation will support students throughout the Lamar County school district in Mississippi.
“This donation is our way of saying thank you to the residents of Lamar County who have supported our solar project and will continue to support the project in the years to come,” said Jim Compton, president and CEO of Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy that supplies power to 55 counties throughout the state. “Enhancing the quality of life in the communities our Members serve through education and other initiatives is part of our mission, so providing support to the Lamar County Education Foundation is a win for us all.”
“Contributing to organizations supporting the educational needs of young people in the communities where we build solar projects is a key initiative for Origis Energy,” said Johan Vanhee, managing director of business development for Origis Energy. “We are so pleased to make this contribution in partnership with Cooperative Energy. The work of the Lamar County Education Foundation supports the direct needs identified by teachers in classrooms across Lamar County.”
Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy are partners in bringing solar energy to Mississippi through a new solar generation site under construction at Sumrall, Mississippi. Once operational, the 540-acre facility will generate 52 megawatts of electricity.
Marcia Line, director for the Lamar County Education Foundation located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, said, “What Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy have done for the teachers and students of Lamar County is so amazing. We’re feeling pretty blessed right about now! Every year the task to fill the gap between what is supplied in our school system and the needs identified by the teachers is daunting. We are delighted with this gift which allows us to meet a wide range of teacher requests.”
Cooperative Energy generates and transmits electricity to 11 Member-owned electric distribution cooperatives. Known as the Power of 12, Cooperative Energy and its Member cooperatives work together to provide safe, reliable and affordable power from the Mississippi Delta to the Coast. The 11 electric cooperatives own and maintain approximately 56,900 miles of distribution lines and provide service to approximately 423,000 homes and businesses throughout 55 counties.
Origis Energy provides custom clean energy solutions for utility, commercial and public sector clients. Origis has undertaken or partnered with local utilities on more than 100 projects worldwide totaling 600+ megawatts to date of developed solar capacity. Headquartered in Miami, FL, Origis Energy USA delivers excellence in solar and energy storage development, financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations, maintenance and asset management for investors and clean energy consumers across Europe and the Americas.
The Lamar County Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting and enhancing quality educational programs in the Lamar County School District in Lamar County, Mississippi.
Christa Rouse Bishop
Cooperative Energy, Sr. VP, Communications
Johan Vanhee (far left), managing director operations and business development, Origis Energy, and Nathan Brown (far right), senior vice president chief operating officer, Cooperative Energy, present a $25,000 check to Lamar County Education Foundation Board members Sabrina McDonald and Marcia Line, and Lamar County Schools Superintendent Tess Smith. Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy are partners on MS Solar 3, a 52MW solar site near Sumrall in Lamar County.
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