Rocky Forge Wind Continues Amidst COVID-19

Botetourt County, VA – May 27, 2021– Rocky Forge Wind, slated to be Virginia’s first onshore wind farm, is still on track to begin operation next year, despite global slowdowns in turbine supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing development delays caused by COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, the General Assembly passed a bill to extend deadlines for zoning approvals affected by the pandemic. The legislation became effective on March 1, 2021 and extends “any deadline in the exception permit, or in the local zoning that requires the landowner or developer to commence the Project or incur significant expenses related to improvements for the Project within a certain time,” until July 2022. In the case of Rocky Forge, this legislation extends the project’s deadline for receiving site plan approvals into next year. Continue reading

Recipients Selected for Community Grant

Botetourt County, VA – April 12, 2021 – Rocky Forge Wind and Apex Clean Energyare pleased to announce that four recipients have been selected to receive funds fromthe Rocky Forge Community Grant Program. These funds are designed to supportorganizations and projects related to community development, environment, education,health, and recreation, that benefit Botetourt County and the surrounding area. Continue reading

FAA finds no danger from latest plan for Botetourt County wind farm

The Federal Aviation Administration has found, once again, that wind turbines high above a Botetourt County mountaintop will not pose a hazard to air navigation.  Issued last week, the finding was the latest in a string of approvals and reapprovals since 2015, when Apex Clean Energy announced plans for what will be the first onshore wind farm in Virginia. Continue reading

DEQ Approves PBR Modification for Rocky Forge Wind

The Rocky Forge Wind project in Botetourt County has now received authorization for its Permit by Rule modification from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Previously approved in 2016, this modification will allow the project to construct and operate taller, yet fewer, turbines. The modification allows for up to 22 turbines with a height of up to 680 feet. Continue reading

Governor Northam Announces Power Purchase Agreement With Virginia's First Onshore Wind Farm

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 2021. Continue reading

Roanoke Times Letter to the Editor: Crawford: Wind vs. birds?

What do the Audubon Society and Sierra Club agree on? The importance of reducing greenhouse gases that are destroying wildlife habitats, for one. And how do they plan to do that? By supporting properly sited renewable energy projects to reduce the impact of climate change on the planet. Dan Crawford, the chair of the Sierra Club Roanoke Group, wrote a letter to the editor voicing his support for renewable energy projects and for our own Rocky Forge Wind in Botetourt County. Read the full letter to the editor here.

Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy: Two Mid-Atlantic States See Close to Half-A-Million in Revenue from Onshore Wind Farms

In March, the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy published an article about the Rocky Forge Wind project, citing the benefits to Botetourt County, which will include hundreds of jobs and $20 million to $25 million in state and county tax revenue.  "It is really exciting to be on the cutting edge of renewable energy and to be involved with Apex [Clean Energy]" on Virginia's first onshore wind farm, said Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce Board President Peter Pearl. Continue reading

National Champions: Botetourt's Off the Grid Members win in Anaheim

A big congratulations to Botetourt's Off the Grid team who won the National KidWind Challenge in Anaheim! The team scored 95.27 out of a possible 100 points in six categories. They competed against 22 other teams in their division.  Continue reading

Fincastle Herald: Off the Grid team earns another trip to National KidWind Challenge

This past Saturday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, six teams in the high school division competed for a chance to win a trip to KidWind in Anaheim, California. 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. For the second year in a row, Botetourt's own Off the Grid team will travel to the national competition in May! They won first place and the Judges’ Award.   Continue reading

Virginia DEQ Approves Rocky Forge Wind!

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. Continue reading