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Cypress Creek announces $25,000 scholarship for SUNY Morrisville

TOWN OF FENNER, NY - Cypress Creek Renewables announced a $25,000 investment in the State University of New York at Morrisville’s Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology Center. The funds provided by Cypress Creek will be used to endow a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the renewable energy field. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, SUNY Morrisville held its grand opening celebration for its new Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology Center. 

Cypress Creek’s investment will be used to form and start the development of a scholarship for a student looking to earn a Renewable Energy degree from the college. Theresa Kevorkian, Executive Director of the Morrisville College Foundation, said the school will continue to seek donation and will create a permanently endowed scholarship. She was grateful for Cypress Creek’s investment into this scholarship and the students. 

“It’s the definition of sustainability, just like renewable energy,” she said. “Approximately 55 percent of Morrisville students are Pell (grant) eligible, one of the largest percentages in the SUNY System, meaning our students come from families of very limited financial means. This scholarship will enable a student to attend Morrisville that likely would not have been able to otherwise.” Kevorkian said that at Morrisville, especially in the Renewable Energy program, “students’ study for applied degrees that prepare them to launch into their career the day they graduate.” “They are an asset to their employers from their first day on the job because they have been trained in industry best practices,” she said. “They will leave Morrisville and go on to serve their community and promote this burgeoning industry while also making a life for themselves and their family that would otherwise have been unobtainable.” 

“We congratulate SUNY Morrisville on the opening of the Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology Center, and we are proud to support students pursuing degrees that are needed in the energy transition,” said Noah Hyte, Executive Vice President of Development, Cypress Creek Renewables. “We look forward to continue our work with SUNY Morrisville and the organizations across New York that provide training for New Yorkers to get jobs in renewable energy field.”

Cypress Creek signs MOU with local NY laborers

Cypress Creek Renewables is proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with Laborers’ Union Local 190 for the construction of the Oxbow Hill Solar Project. The proposed project is a 140 MW solar generation facility located in the Town of Fenner in Madison County. The on-site construction of this project is anticipated to begin in 2023 and extend to 2024. This MOU means that construction of this project shall be completed by skilled members of Laborers’ Local 190. 

“Cypress Creek’s Oxbow Hill Solar Project is a win for organized labor, New York State’s climate goals and Madison County’s economy” Laborers’ Local 190 Business Manager Anthony Fresina said. “Thanks to our agreement with Cypress Creek, we know that the jobs created by this project will be good jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. My members are ready to go to work building renewable energy projects in their own backyards. We fully support the Oxbow Hill Solar Project.” 

Cypress Creek would use this agreement to hire skilled prime contractors to head various portions of the project construction. These contractors would then hire trained craftsmen, journeymen and workers to construct the project. 

“As New York State transitions from fossil fuels powered energy to renewables, we must make sure that New York’s construction workers aren’t left behind,” John Hutchings, Director of the New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund said. “Cypress Creek Renewables has committed to hiring local workers and ensuring that these green jobs will also be good paying jobs. We look forward to working with Cypress Creek Renewables on this project and seeing its benefits go to residents of Madison County.” 

This collaboration highlights Cypress Creek’s “support local” approach to construction of its facilities. It is one of two recently agreed to in New York. The other MOU is with IBEW Local 237 for the company’s Bear Ridge Solar Project in the town of Cambria and Pendleton, which recently filed an application in the State’s 94-c process. 

“Providing opportunities to the local job force in our project areas is an important part of Cypress Creek’s culture,” Marissa Scavo, Associate Director of Development at Cypress Creek Renewables, said. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Laborer’s Local 190 and IBEW for our upcoming projects in New York State.”