Mainstream’s Community Relations Team announced the winner of their competition to name a wind energy project that they are currently developing in the south of Chile. The announcement was made during one of the meetings that the team regularly holds with the leaders of community organisations that are based in the areas surrounding the project. The aim of the competition was to invite members of the community to send their name proposals to the team, giving them the opportunity to get involved with the development of the project. There was a great response from the community who sent in around 20 proposals, from which the winning name “Entre Ríos” was chosen.
Mrs. Juana Toledo, the President of the Bureo Neighbourhood Association was the proud winner and received a bicycle, which she chose herself, in return for her contribution to the project.
When asked about her inspiration for the name she said “I think it was the best name for the project, because this zone is situated between three rivers; the Bureo, the Bio Bío and the Duqueco, and the new name represents all the communities that live in this area.”
The name was well received by the other communities, who felt that they were suitably represented by this title.
Rocío Echeverría, one of Mainstream’s Community Relations Executives that works with the Mulchén and Negrete communities, shared her thoughts on the competition. “The surrounding communities were very happy with the name, and were delighted to get the chance to contribute to the project through the competition. Mainstream has been working very closely with the community since they began their work here one year ago and this initiative really reflects the importance that the company places on community involvement.”