RELEASE — Between now and Nov. 27, the City of Kingston wants to hear how you would spend the Kingston Solar LP Community Benefit Fund.
Designed to help improve natural and recreational areas, this fund is part of an agreement with Kingston Solar LP (Samsung), which is contributing $1,250 per megawatt of power produced by their solar project to the City. Within the City’s boundaries, the project generates 73.6 megawatts, which makes the company’s annual contribution to the fund more than $92,000.
“The balance of the fund with 2019 contributions is approximately $95,225, and we want to hear ideas from residents on how this money should be invested into our community,” says Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager with the City.
Projects that meet the fund’s criteria for consideration include:
- Planting trees in the public right-of-way and on private properties in the area of the Kingston Solar LP (Samsung) properties.
- Park improvements in the rural area of Kingston.
- Acquisition of parkland/natural lands in the rural area of Kingston.
Do you know a project that could benefit from the Kingston Solar LP Community Benefit Fund? We want to hear from you.
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Residents can share their ideas online or in-person.
To share ideas online, visit the City’s “Get Involved” Community Benefit Fund page. Here, residents can read about projects the fund has supported in the past, and suggest ways it can be allocated this year. In order to share your idea, you must register for Get Involved Kingston.
To share ideas in person, residents can attend a rural advisory committee meeting on Nov. 26 at the Glenburnie Fire Station, 1485 Unity Rd. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
“We are looking forward to all the great ideas the public brings forward,” says Salter-Keane.
Collected since 2015, the fund has so far been used to plant approximately 2,000 trees near the solar project, replace a play structure, plant trees and build a shade structure at Elginburg Public School.