ROCKY FORGE WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy is investigating the potential for Rocky Forge Wind, and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community.
Many of the details about the proposed Rocky Forge Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to determine which wind turbine model we will use and exactly how many there will be within the project. However, as we continue to develop this project, more of these details will be determined, and we will share project updates with you here on this site.
- Project size: Approximately 75 MW (anticipated)
- Enough energy to power up to 20,000 U.S. homes
- Turbines will be spaced approximately 1/4 mile apart
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- Up to 25 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines (may be up to 550 feet from base to tip, spinning at an average rate of about 15 RPM)
- Power will be delivered into the Virginia electrical grid
- Up to 150 FTE jobs and significant local spending during construction
- Approximately 7 full-time jobs created for operations and maintenance
- Taxpayers protected against decommissioning costs
- Would represent a significant investment in the local economy, with revenues for property owners, local government services, and schools for 30 years
- Provide $20-$25 million in state and county tax revenue over the life of the project
WHY BOTETOURT COUNTY?
Rocky Forge Wind will represent a significant private investment in Botetourt County, boosting the local economy in the near term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools, as well as 30 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
The project site was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Virginia for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive private land
- Proximity to state highways
The project is expected to inject millions of dollars into Botetourt County’s economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.
WIND ENERGY FOR RURAL AMERICA
The cost of wind energy has dropped more than 50% over the past five years, providing a cost-competitive source for clean electricity across the nation. Wind powers the equivalent of 20 million American homes each year.* Wind energy comes with many benefits, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.** Wind turbines compliment working farms, because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.
We are early in the development process for Rocky Forge Wind, and there are many steps remaining in the process to complete the project. Apex is currently working to develop a project layout, and studies will continue for several years before construction can begin. This process typically takes about three years, which means construction is planned for 2017. Apex will be working closely with Botetourt County on the project planning and permitting of Rocky Forge Wind, offering additional opportunities for the public to provide input throughout the process.
*AWEA, Wind Energy Facts at a Glance, March 2015
**Department of Energy, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, 2015