RIO VISTA — Ever since an AT&T commercial prominently featured Rio Vista last year, the town has been known for its windmills and sheep.
EDF Renewable Energy is partly to thank for that — at least for the windmills.
EDF Renewable Energy, formerly known as enXco, brought its wind plants to Rio Vista in the mid-1980s. The global company develops and operates wind plants Shiloh II, Shiloh III and Shiloh IV out of its Montezuma Hills office.
Shiloh IV introduced 50 new energy-generating white turbines to the Montezuma Hills in September 2012. About 800 turbines already stand in the area at various wind farms that have various owners.
This year, the company was named the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year.
Chamber of Commerce executive director Karen Smith said EDF Renewable Energy was chosen “because of their contribution to the schools, training in high schools . . . and their overall community service.”
EDF Renewable Energy provided a grant of $150,000 to help start a green jobs program for Rio Vista High School students. The program teaches students about renewable energy and about how to develop career pathways for either job training or work opportunities in the field of green energy.
This is the second year the program has been at the high school. EDF Renewable Energy provides the class with guest speakers, curriculum development and sometimes takes the students on field trips.
EDF Renewable Energy project manager Brian Sarantos said the company was honored to be chosen as Rio Vista’s Business of the Year.
“As a long-term community partner, we are invested in Rio Vista and Solano County, and believe corporate partners build a stronger community,” he said. “We are pleased to partner with the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce in building a strong business community.”
For more information about EDF Renewable Energy, visit www.edf-re.com.
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