Creating Economic Strength

The impoundments that our hydroelectric facilities operate are some of the largest and most beautiful lakes and rivers in New England. These impoundments, which have existed for generations, not only provide renewable fuel for clean electricity generation but are also home to some of the best recreational sites in the region, driving tourism and providing a foundation for strong local economies. Entire communities have grown up around these impoundments, improving tax revenues and attracting significant investments in our host towns.


Giving back

FirstLight has a long history of giving back to the community. In addition to our hands on approach to giving back through volunteering and community service, we’ve proudly supported countless public safety initiatives, placemaking efforts, essential services providers, workforce development programs, environmental education programs, local festivals and celebrations, and more. In the Spring of 2023 FirstLight launched FirstLight Sustains, building on our longstanding legacy of giving to organizations and activities that support the communities around our facilities. The grant program provides an equitable process whereby qualified, reputable, and capable organizations can apply for and receive funding for activities and projects that meet the goal of improving the quality of life in those communities. Learn more about FirstLight Sustains and how to apply here.

Recently supported initiatives:

  • E-Bikes for Local Franklin County Police Departments
  • Northfield, Massachusetts 350th Anniversary Kick-Off
  • Heron Sculpture in Erving, Massachusetts
  • Supported Town of Montague Purchase of Local Indigenous Artwork
  • Climate Education Grants for Local Teachers
  • Funded Indigenous Speaker for Local School
  • Marine Patrol Boats for Connecticut Lake Authorities
  • Housatonic Valley Association’s Still River Management Program
  • Development of a New Park at the Bleachery Dam in New Milford
  • Oxford Fire Department Rescue Boat
  • Improvements to Harrybrooke Park in New Milford
  • Hazard Buoys for Lake Lillinonah and Candlewood Lake
  • Rescue Equipment for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department