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. 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. Continue reading

WBUR: Wind Turbine Technician Blows Away Competition as Country's Fastest-Growing Job

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing job in the United States, and its popularity is only expected to rise. In fact, the options for new technicians are so numerous that "the dilemma that graduates have from these programs is that they've got to choose which company to take a job with," says Daniel Lutat of Iowa Lakes Community College, which has one of the country's largest training programs for wind turbine technicians. With the number of available positions expected to double over the next decade, it may lead one to ask: What exactly does a wind turbine technician do?  Continue reading

Knoxville News Sentinel: Wind Energy Helps Wildlife and Wallets

David Jenkins, president of Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, applauds the many benefits of wind energy in his letter to the editor in last month's Knoxville Sentinel. The benefits he lists include wind energy’s low impact on wildlife; the ability of a wind farm to repay its carbon footprint in six months or less; the fact that turbines help make for cleaner air by emitting no harmful pollutants; the low cost of wind energy; and the job outlook for wind turbine technicians (the fastest growing new profession in the United States). Read the entire letter here. 

Congratulations to the KidWind Participants from the Learning Barn!

A big congratulations to the Learning Barn and their participants for traveling to New Orleans to participate in KidWind! KidWind is a national competition that has students designing and building small-scale turbines. In order to win, you must create the most innovative turbine with the highest energy output. Your team must also be able to work together through different tasks and challenges posed by the judges. The grand prize at nationals is up to $5,000 in cash and prizes. The two KidWind teams from Roanoke competed in the regionals at George Mason University, where the high school teams placed first and second, earning them cash prizes of $700 each.   Click through to read more Continue reading

Apex Plays in the Botetourt Education Foundation Golf Tournament!

Last week, Apex representatives Charlie Johnson and Kevin Chandler had the opportunity to help support the Botetourt Education Foundation by playing in the organization’s 8th Annual Swing 4 Schools Golf Tournament at Ashley Plantation Country Club in Daleville, Virginia. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to supporting the foundation’s activities. The Botetourt Education Foundation works to further educational opportunities in Botetourt County. Among other activities, the foundation is a leading supporter of the Botetourt Technical Education Center and provides annual funding for a Chesapeake Bay Summer Enrichment Program for area 6th- and 7th-grade students. As a company that works on the leading edge of energy technology, Apex understands the importance of promoting educational opportunity, and we were proud to join the more than 30 other local businesses sponsoring the event. We thank the Botetourt Education Foundation for their dedication to the county’s students, and congratulations on a great event! 

Public Comment Period and Public Meeting

As part of our application process with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Apex Clean Energy is holding a public comment period and hosting a public meeting to collect feedback on the Rocky Forge Wind, LLC, permit application. The public comment period will run from May 5 to June 6, and a public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Library (55 Eagles Nest Drive, Eagle Rock, VA). Written comments may be sent to Rocky Forge Wind, LLC, c/o Apex Clean Energy, Inc., 310 4th St. NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or by email to [email protected] A copy of documentation to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality in support of the Permit By Rule will be available for public review during the public comment period at the Eagle Rock Library (address above) during normal library hours.

U.S. Wind Farms Invested $128 Billion into U.S. Economy Over Past 10 Years

That's right, $128 billion! Not to mention an average of $13 billion per year for the past five years alone. The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) released the data last week. Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said, "Over this time, wind has rapidly scaled up. There's now enough wind power installed to reliably produce electricity for over 19 million American homes." There were more records broken last year by wind energy, including capacity installed. Click through to read more Continue reading

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.  Click through to read more Continue reading

Open House a Success!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the open house for Rocky Forge Wind on December 9 at Eagle Rock Elementary. We hope you got your questions answered. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. It was wonderful to meet you all, and we hope to see you again soon!      Continue reading

Apex Holds Successful Open House

Rocky Forge Wind received rave reviews about the open house it held at Eagle Rock Elementary last week, according to an editorial in the Roanoke Times. The editorial cited the benefits Rocky Forge would bring to Botetourt County and the notable lack of opposition to the project. The piece quotes Supervisor Jack Leffel, who thought he would be run out of town for supporting the project; instead, the idea was welcomed by the Eagle Rock Ruritan Club, which regularly serves as a sounding board for Leffel’s initiatives.  Click through to read more Continue reading