Sustainability

Renewing Energy with Purpose to Build a Sustainable Future for All

At Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE), we share a common purpose to build a sustainable future for all. We achieve this by prioritizing the responsible development, construction, and operations of our solar, wind, and battery storage projects while staying true to our unwavering commitment of protecting and enhancing our planet for future generations. Our approach to sustainability is supported by the three pillars of environmental, social, and governance practices, which are foundational to achieving our mission and supporting a just energy transition.

LRE is driven by our core value of Sustainability in All We Do. We are committed to creating enduring value and lasting partnerships in our communities and supporting the growth of our employees. Most importantly, we prioritize preserving and protecting the environment as we develop, own, and operate impactful renewable energy projects to achieve our vision of harnessing renewable energy to power our world.  

– Jason Allen, CEO

Our Impact

Providing long-term, sustainable energy solutions is at our core. We currently own and operate a portfolio of 31 renewable energy facilities across 12 states totaling approximately 3 gigawatts of generating capacity.

74,364,025

Renewable Energy Produced since 2003 (MWh)

7,323,136

Equivalent Homes Powered

28,384,481

Metric Tons of CO2 Emissions Avoided

6.4m

*Cars taken off the road for a year

*Emission equivalent to gasoline powered passenger vehicles

100%

Decommissioned turbines recycled or reused since 2020

140%

Increase in Employees for  2022

82%

Employee Engagement Level

50%

Job Candidates
from Historically Underrepresented Groups

7%

Increase in Diversity representation
in 2022

$23.7M

*Annual Local Impact

*Community contributions, donations, landowner payments, and taxes

Environment

At LRE we are leading the energy transition and preserving the environment for future generations by providing clean, reliable energy through responsible growth, development, and innovation.

We are driven by our collective passion for protecting the environment. 

Contributing to a sustainable future goes beyond respecting our environment and producing clean, reliable energy. It requires a commitment to Sustainability throughout every phase of a project’s lifecycle.

Lifecycle Management

Lifecycle Management

We implement sustainable practices in every aspect of a project’s life cycle: from identifying a location, planning the development, studying the environmental impact, to managing its construction and overseeing daily operations which can exceed 30+ years.

Sustainable Supply Chains

Sustainable Supply Chains

We build resilient supply chains by requiring our business partners to adhere to responsible procurement practices that consider the environmental, social, and ecological impact of components and equipment used for our projects.

GHG Emissions

GHG Emissions

We are committed to quantifying and providing transparency into our emissions data. We will be conducting an emissions inventory and identifying opportunities for emissions reductions.

Recycling

Recycling

We are prioritizing reuse and recycling across our portfolio at all stages of our projects – from inception, to design, to end-of-life. Through partnerships, we ensure responsible end of life management.

Learn more:
LRE prioritizes reuse and recycling as an early mover in the repower industry

Going beyond solar

Our solar farms are designed to preserve, protect, and enhance the land and ecosystems for decades.

We know that each project site is unique and will have a distinct set of environmental needs and goals. To meet those needs, we have developed and implemented a robust Land Stewardship Initiative promoting site-specific, individualized, conscious, and sustainable land management practices that advance biodiversity and guide our long-term commitment to sustainability.

We partner with local experts and leaders in regenerative agriculture practices, soil health experts, plant scientists, ecologists, biologists, and rangeland managers to develop robust vegetation management and maintenance plans. This ensures the land is utilized not only responsibly but in a way that increases the positive impact on surrounding communities and the environment.

LAND STEWARDSHIP Strategies

Agrivoltaics – the co-location of solar and agriculture

  • Farming
  • Grazing
  • Pollinator habitats

Biodiversity

Conservation

Regenerative Practices

  • No-till management
  • Drill seeding applications
  • Minimal soil disturbances
  • Low use of herbicides

Restoration

Soil Health & Fertility Monitoring

LAND STEWARDSHIP Benefits

Climate Resiliency

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Increase water infiltration and retention
  • Drought resilient lands in the face of changing climate

Economic Resiliency

  • Enhanced land quality and value
  • Create long-term jobs
  • Create new income opportunities for agricultural communities: farmers, ranchers, and land managers

Environmental Benefits

  • Soil stabilization
  • Erosion prevention
  • Enhance habitat practices for plant and animal biodiversity

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

We protect and enhance the biodiversity of the land we manage by avoiding sensitive and protected habitats, and implementing innovative management practices and robust biodiversity management plans.

Conservation & Restoration

Conservation & Restoration

We implement conservation and restoration best practices to ensure the natural environments thrive under our management across all eco-regions. 

vegetation
management

Vegetation Management

We design site specific vegetation management and maintenance plans tailored to each landscape’s unique biodiversity makeup
to align with and enhance the natural systems.

soil health

soil health

We revitalize, monitor, and report on soil health and fertility to ensure the land is in an optimal state, maximizing carbon sequestration, increasing water quality and infiltration levels.

Social

Building a Sustainable Future for All

We are a values-led, purpose-driven organization that believes in creating social value for all. We foster and cultivate a safe, inclusive, and socially responsible environment by living our values in everything we do.

Guided by our values

Acting with integrity

Sustainability in all we do

Diversity in action

Empowering our people

Safety & Health of our teams

Celebrate & Have fun

Purposeful collaboration

Culture

Culture

We are passionate about building a sustainable future for all, which drives our inclusive and supportive culture. We invest in our employees and empower our teams.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI is a key strategic priority for LRE.

We embrace our differences by building an inclusive and diverse workforce that promotes innovation, creativity, and collaboration, which is essential to LRE’s success.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Our most valued resource is our people. Our safety culture ensures people perform work on our sites return home safely every day.

LRE strives for ZERO workplace health & safety incidents and ZERO exposures due to OSHA non-compliance.

Communities

Communities

We are committed to developing long-term, trusted partnerships with communities we call home through frequent and transparent communication, creating economic benefits and local jobs, and by supporting local causes about which our neighbors are passionate.

Learn more:
Our Communities

Governance

For over 20 years, we have been building a legacy defined by our authenticity and transparency. Leveraging and embracing strong governance and ethical business practices and Acting with Integrity helps us deliver Sustainability in All We Do.

Board of Directors

LRE’s Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of LRE’s Sustainability strategy, initiatives, policies & data and to ensure progress is made throughout LRE’s ESG journey. The Compensation Committee is responsible for oversite of DEI initiatives.

ESG Steering Committee

LRE’s ESG Steering Committee, comprised of members of LRE’s senior leadership team, is responsible for prioritizing strategic direction, approvals, & sponsorship for sustainability initiatives.

ESG Team

The ESG team and working groups, comprised of employees from across LRE’s functions, is responsible for design & implementation of LRE’s sustainability initiatives.

Policies

View our policies to learn more about our people, communities, and environmental stewardship commitments.