Fincastle Herald: Planners Recommend Approving Wind Project

On Monday evening, the Botetourt Planning Commission met in Fincastle to discuss and vote on a Special Exception Permit (SEP) for the Rocky Forge Wind project. After a two-hour meeting that included a presentation and speakers, the commissioners voted unanimously to recommend the SEP for Rocky Forge.

There were about 50 people in attendance, and of the 14 who spoke about the wind project, 10 were in full support of Rocky Forge Wind. Their reasons for supporting the project included the homegrown, renewable energy it will produce and the fact that it will decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. 

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Matt Cooper, whose property will be affected by Rocky Forge, said,Renewable energy is the future. I support moving this to the next level. He also said the project will bring,much-needed revenue to the county.

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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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