Apex Clean Energy and Botetourt Students Meet in DC!

Last week, Apex Clean Energy team members bumped into several Botetourt County students in Washington, DC! The students were with Off the Grid, the KidWind Challenge team from Botetourt County’s the Learning Barn. Both Apex and the Botetourt students were in town for the American Wind Energy Association’s Wind Power on Capitol Hill event, and the KidWind team members were featured speakers at a rally held for the event.learning_barn_dc.jpg

KidWind is a national competition that has students designing and building small-scale turbines. The winning team creates the most innovative turbine with the highest energy output. Last year, Off the Grid won 6th place at the national competition in New Orleans, out of 30 teams.

Other speakers at the event included members of Congress and national wind energy advocates, but the highlight for us and many others was hearing the excitement the KidWind students have for wind energy. We were especially proud that these students hailed from Botetourt County, and they represented the excitement in the Commonwealth for clean, renewable wind energy.

Apex proudly supports Team Off the Grid and we are excited to see how far they go in the KidWind competition this year!

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What others are saying

“As the 19th district representative of the House of Delegates, I'm excited to see Virginia's first wind energy project enter its final phase of compliance. The community is excited to see the alternative form of energy come to completion. We look forward to the construction beginning and the successful completion of Virginia's first wind farm.”- Delegate Terry Austin, Virginia House of Delegates, 19th District

"Rocky Forge will be a large contributor to Botetourt County’s tax base, while having a minimal effect on existing land use of the thousands of acres of rural land in the project area. This seems like a win-win to me.”-Jack Leffel, Chairman, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors

“Botetourt County studied and reviewed Rocky Forge Wind for over a year. It was ultimately approved unanimously by our Board of Supervisors both because it met our county’s wind energy guidelines and because it aligns with Botetourt County’s mission of embracing responsible growth and innovation.”- Gary Larrowe, County Administrator, Botetourt County

“The Chamber of Commerce is delighted at the prospect of having Apex join the Botetourt family of businesses. A new renewable energy business in Botetourt will be good for the local economy and the environment and the Chamber is looking forward to working with Apex in the future.”-Pete Pearl, President, Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce

“Virginians overwhelmingly want more renewable energy, and wind power offers one of the cleanest, safest forms of electricity generation. Rocky Forge Wind is a great step toward growing the Commonwealth’s clean energy."-Dan Crawford, Group Chair, Roanoke Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

“As a resident of Botetourt County for more than 25 years and supporter of our area’s sporting traditions, I believe wind energy is a great way to produce power while protecting traditional land uses like hunting and fishing.”-Sherry Crumley, Board Member, National Wildlife Turkey Federation

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