Acciona.US hopes to break ground on a local solar project this Fall, but is wasting no time in supporting our local organizations. The company, this week, created a splash by becoming the Richwood Independent Fair’s first-ever corporate sponsor.
ACCIONA’s sponsorship includes the Fair receiving $20,000 per year for three years to use for capital improvements to the fairgrounds. The company will also have the ability to set up a display on the grounds so they can educate the community on solar energy solutions during fair week. They understand solar panel installation is something new to our community and want to help do their part to help answer some of the misunderstandings behind the new initiative.
“We are incredibly excited bringing solar energy to Union County, and to support the Richwood Independent Fair,” said Adam Stratton, the director of solar development with Acciona’s North American energy division. “We have learned about the fair’s important role advancing agriculture and bringing the community together, and believe this partnership offers a tremendous opportunity for ACCIONA and for the Fair.”
The sponsorship is earmarked to make improvements to the current restroom facilities at the fairgrounds. “We are excited to receive this sponsorship from Acciona, it will allow us to complete improvement projects to the grounds that we are typically not able to,” stated board president Cody Johnston. “Adding a corporate sponsor of this magnitude is a real game-changer for us, and will allow us to make upgrades that will improve the Fair for everyone who attends.”
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This is excellent news! Always wonderful to see businesses support the communities they're in!
Great work Cody and Fairboard!
For it or against, RICHWOOD FAIRGROUNDS IS GETTING NEW BATHROOMS!! 🙌 The nostalgia that comes with fair week every year is something I hope generations down the line get to experience. Love our small town fair. 🤍🍀🤍
I think they can keep their money and their solar panels!!!’
So proud of you and your leadership, Cody Johnston!
How about you give the 60K to the people your about to surround with these things/ will not support anything to do with these solar farms you all don’t have to live by them!!
Everyone will be for it except for the people that have to live with the panels surrounding there homes for the next 30-40 years
Not sure this is a good thing, we all need to ask this company lots of questions at the fair!!
Way to be a sellout
Ok here is my question these solar companies are not just coming in and taking peoples land to add the panels to right? Are they not renting, sub leasing the land? If so why is it the Fairboards responsibility to stop this? Wouldn’t it come back to the land owners providing their land for the use of the solar panels? If someone wants to donate $$ to the Fairboard why would we not take it? And for the comments about in 5 years to come there won’t be any farm ground left I know for a fact that won’t be true I know at least 1 farmer that won’t sell no matter what.
Money is the root of all evil.
Good for you fair board!! That is a great amount of money to support our kids.. it seems silly for them to spend that much money for a tent at the fair but it is their money.
What a joke!
What better way to try and get people in a community to be on board with your solar project than to give a large donation to something cause your product is being used for power somewhere far away.
It seems that $20,000/year in exchange for a booth that residents can choose to visit or not seems like a great deal. Let them "waste" their money on our youth. Thank you to the fair board for keeping any of your personal beliefs out of this and doing what will benefit the fair and the kids.
This fair will soon be non-existent once all the farm land in the Richwood area will be utilized by solar projects. Farmers will be forced to leave the area due to the lack of land available.
I think it’s important to consider the Fair or any Fairboard’s personal stance on solar companies coming to our area is irrelevant to the business decision made to ask for a sponsorship. As much as this is a controversial topic, it would be financially irresponsible for our fair leaders not to ask for something to give back to our community. So opinions aside, thank you Fairboard members for taking the heat and for turning something that is viewed negatively by many into a way to positively support Richwood🤗🤗
Be firm in your thoughts, for or against this and the other projects totaling over 11k acres in northern Union County they are all very real. Good for for the fair! Do good with the money better the fair because we will have less ag business to support it if it all becomes reality. I hope the company’s are back in 3 years also if any of the projects are approved I’d surely expect at least that. If you don’t know how the process works through the Ohio Power Siting Board for the approval or denial process and have concerns I’d be glad to direct you and I’m sure Emily or anyone who’s been aware of this for some time would get you those resources regardless of your stance. In support or opposing the project you can reach out include the case number and be heard and be involved with this but it is a state level decision.