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 providing millions of dollars in property taxes each year, FirstLight has contributed more than $1 million to local community organizations

over the past five years. The Housatonic River Project Fund, which provides competitive grant opportunities for projects associated with our host communities in the Housatonic River Valley has funded dozens of different projects relating to environmental stewardship, public safety, and education. Recent awardees include:


  • Candlewood Lake Authority’s grasscarp program
  • Lake Lillinonah Authority’s new marine patrol boat
  • 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