Dear Friends of Rocky Forge Wind,
Yesterday, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved Rocky Forge Wind’s “Permit by Rule” (PBR) application. This marks the first PBR approval for a wind energy project in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The PBR approval process required more than two years of consultation and study in conjunction with DEQ and other agencies in the Secretariat of Natural Resources. This thorough application process covers each phase of constructing and operating Rocky Forge Wind, from the pre-construction natural resource analyses to post-construction monitoring.
Wind energy is the perfect fit for the new Virginia economy, bringing clean energy and economic development to the Commonwealth. Apex already employs approximately 200 people in Virginia, and Rocky Forge Wind will bring new jobs to Botetourt County and millions of dollars in local tax revenue over the life of the project, providing more money for schools and emergency services.
We could not have accomplished this task without you, and we continue to be humbled by the amount of local and regional support for the project. The project received unanimous approval at every stage of local permitting and was endorsed by a wide variety of organizations, including the Roanoke Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Virginia Deer Hunters Association, and the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, among others. Several other local officials and organizations have also weighed in on the project’s approval.
What others are saying
Delegate Terry Austin, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 19th District:
“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.”
Jack Leffel, Chairman, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors:
“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.”
Gary Larrowe, County Administrator, Botetourt County:
“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.”
Pete Pearl, President, Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce:
“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.”
Dan Crawford, Group Chair, Roanoke Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club:
“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.”
Sherry Crumley, Board Member, National Wild Turkey Federation:
“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.”