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Wind farm plans move into review stage in Botetourt County  

Credit:  By Kim Yonick | WFXR | Jun 7, 2021 | www.wfxrtv.com ~~

A wind energy project is moving forward in the review stage.

APEX Energy submitted its plans for Rocky Forge Wind for review by county zoning officials. VDOT and local emergency response officials will review the construction details to make sure it meets state transportation, local zoning and public safety regulations.

“This is part of the typical approval process for development projects,” said Community Development Director Nicole Pendleton. “Because of the nature of this project, its complexity, and the myriad details required due to potential impacts on the environment and community, thorough reviews of the project plans by all of the agencies involved are extremely important. Because utility-scale wind farms are not something we deal with regularly, we engaged Antares, who are experts on these kinds of projects, to assist us.”

Rocky Forge is set up to be the Commonwealth’s first wind project. It’s expected to generate enough energy to power up to 20,000 homes a year.

Construction for the project won’t start until plans are approved by VDOT and county zoning officials. APEX Energy hopes to have the construction completed by the end of 2021.

Source:  By Kim Yonick | WFXR | Jun 7, 2021 | www.wfxrtv.com

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