Duke Energy donates $12,000 to Richland Volunteer Fire Department in Texas

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the Richland Volunteer Fire Department a $12,000 Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions grant to help the department maintain the critical safety services it provides to local businesses and residents in Richland, Texas and surrounding Navarro County. 

“Safety is our top priority and volunteer fire departments, like the Richland Volunteer Fire Department, are valuable safety resources for rural communities where we operate,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We’re proud to contribute to the Navarro County community and help fund the equipment and services that will enable the local volunteer fire fighters to continue to keep area residents and businesses safe.”

Wildfires, flash flooding and community emergencies take a heavy toll on fire and rescue equipment. The grant provided by Duke Energy will go toward equipment upgrades, maintenance, and new services and tools that the Richland Volunteer Fire Department needs to ensure the safety of the community. 

“The Richland Volunteer Fire Department is thankful for our partnership with Duke Energy in providing safety gear for our personnel. We are grateful for this support and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Duke Energy,” said Kenneth Guard, fire chief of the Richland Volunteer Fire Department.

Navarro County is home to one of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions’ newest facilities. In June 2021, the company announced the construction of its 250-megawatt Pisgah Ridge Solar project. The site, which will generate enough energy to power approximately 63,000 additional residences in Texas, is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Richland Volunteer Fire Department serves the city of Richland and participates in mutual aid with fire departments throughout Navarro County, Texas. 

Duke Energy Foundation 

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions 

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) – a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a leader in sustainable energy, helping large enterprises reduce power costs, lower emissions, and increase resiliency. The team provides wind, solar, resilient backup power, and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of more than 5,100 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy. Visit Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and follow on LinkedIn and YouTube for more information. 

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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