Governor Northam Announces Power Purchase Agreement With Virginia's First Onshore Wind Farm
75 MW Rocky Forge Wind to Drive Significant Economic Investment in Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam and Apex Clean Energy today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has entered into an agreement to purchase the output of the approximately 75 megawatt Rocky Forge Wind, located in Botetourt County. The agreement represents the purchase of the full capacity of the project, which will become Virginia’s first operating onshore wind project when it begins commercial operations, expected in 2022.
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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 currently in the early stages of constructing Rocky Forge Wind, which is expected to generate enough energy to power up to 21,000 U.S. homes annually.
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.
OUR LOCAL SUPPORTERS
Thank you to the following local and regional supporters of Rocky Forge Wind:
AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTETOURT COUNTY
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 approximately 250 FTE jobs 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.