NewsEarthrise Energy Awards RISE Grant to Help Light Up the Nights at Gibson City Park

Earthrise Energy Awards RISE Grant to Help Light Up the Nights at Gibson City Park

A $20,000 Grant Will be Used to Bring Electric Service to William Eugene Campbell Memorial Park

Earthrise Energy, a local independent power producer, recently awarded Gibson City a $20,000 RISE Grant to help bring electrical service to the William Eugene Campbell Memorial Park in Jordan Industrial Park. The grant will fund the first phase of lighting upgrades to the park, including installing lighting fixtures and electric outlets in the pavilion.

“Earthrise believes public parks help create healthier and more connected communities,” said Ellie Ginis, Project Developer at Earthrise Energy. “Through our latest RISE Grant to Gibson City, we are excited to help strengthen the Gibson City park system and provide additional opportunities to use the park.”

Earthrise Energy owns and operates five natural gas plants in Illinois, including the Gibson City Energy Center in Gibson City, the Shelby County Energy Center in Neoga, and the Tilton Energy power plant. The company is also proposing to build several solar projects in central Illinois, including a 135-megawatt facility northwest of Gibson City. Earthrise Energy launched its RISE Grant program to help fund local initiatives that promote excellence in education, protect the environment, and support the communities where Earthrise Energy has operations.

“We are very pleased to have received a $20,000 grant from Earthrise Energy to further develop our park. The grant will help enhance the park with additional amenities and promote increased usage by our citizens. We look forward to working with Earthrise Energy for many years to come and appreciate their commitment to our community,” said Mayor Daniel Dickey.

Emre Ozmen, Director of Development at Earthrise Energy added, “Earthrise Energy’s RISE Grants are helping to empower local groups and government organizations to improve our environment, education, and communities. We are proud to support this latest initiative and help light up the night at the William Eugene Campbell Memorial Park.”

The lights are the latest improvement to the formerly known Jordan Pond Park. Once an area littered with debris, the park has blossomed under the care of the Jordan Pond Park Committee to include a pavilion, a half-mile walking path, a fish-stocked lake, and a dog park. The park was also recently renamed in honor of local Vietnam War veteran William Eugene Campbell.