Apex forges 80MW in Virginia
25 turbines in frame at Rocky Forge wind farm on North Mountain
US developer Apex Clean Energy is laying the groundwork for an up to 80MW wind project in south-west Virginia.
The Charlottesville-headquartered company is considering up to 25 turbines at the Rocky Forge scheme on North Mountain, about 5 miles north-east of Eagle Rock.
Botetourt County officials have started developing an ordinance to regulate turbine placement and construction. The board of supervisors expects to finalize the rules after a public hearing in May.
The project site is located on private land near existing transmission lines. If it goes ahead, Apex anticipates the wind farm could be completed in 2017 or 2018.
Rocky Forge could create up to 100 construction jobs and about five full-time operations and maintenance positions.
The developer is also considering a 180MW wind farm in Pulaski County, Virginia, and recently clinched an energy purchase agreement with Florida utility Gulf Power for part of the output from its 300MW Kingfisher project in Oklahoma.
Image: the Kingfisher project will feature Vestas V100 2MW turbines (Vestas)