Rocky Forge Wind Final Permit By Rule Application

Apex has submitted its final Permit By Rule application to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The final application can be found here.

As the first company to go through this process for wind energy, we have appreciated the opportunity to work with state regulators and the public on this application. The majority of commenters supported the project, which highlights the enthusiasm for bringing more homegrown clean energy to Virginia. At the same time, any comments raising questions or concerns about the project were addressed in the final report. We have tried to approach this application with as much transparency as possible, and hope to set a responsible precedent for the future of wind energy in the Commonwealth.

The materials posted at this link support Rocky Forge Wind, LLC’s permit application for a Small Renewable Energy Projects (Wind) Permit By Rule pursuant to 9 VAC 15-40-10 through 15-40-140.  The materials are made available at this link to aid DEQ and simplify public information requests.  The public comment period on this permit application is now closed.


About Rocky Forge Wind


The Rocky Forge Wind project provides an opportunity to help address Virginia's growing electricity demand with clean, homegrown energy, while diversifying Botetourt County's economy and supporting jobs in the local community.

Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is actively developing Rocky Forge Wind, which is expected to generate enough energy to power up to 20,000 homes annually.RF_map.png

Located in rural Botetourt County, adjacent to existing transmission lines on private land, the area under consideration is suitable for a wind energy project based on local wind data and these attributes:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing high-voltage power lines
  • Expansive private land
  • Proximity to state highways

Apex is working to engage state and local stakeholders to ensure your questions are answered. This website includes information about wind energy, Rocky Forge Wind, and important upcoming events. Please use this site to send us feedback, ask questions, and stay up to date on project news and developments as the project moves forward.

Learn more about Rocky Forge Wind


Thank you to the following local and regional supporters of Rocky Forge Wind:

 deerhunters.jpg Virginia Deer Hunters Association sierra-club.png Sierra Club-Roanoke Chapter
00_vclf_logo.png   Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund


 Roanoke Cool Cities Coalition
 Natural_Bridge_Logo_2015.png Virginia's Natural Bridge   ccanFULL_HighRes_(whiteback).png Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Renewable Energy Electric Vehicle Association  REEVA  vsec_smaller.jpg Virginia Student Environmental Council
 Kissito_Healthcare_Logo.png  Kissito Healthcare    


Rocky Forge Wind will create jobs and generate an entirely new source of long-term revenue for local schools, government services, and property owners. According to independent analysis from the research firm Mangum Economics, Rocky Forge Wind will create up to 150 jobs and during construction and 7 well-paid permanent positions. Rocky Forge Wind is also expected to pay $20 million to $25 million in state and county taxes over the life of the project. 

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