Virginia regulators have granted approval to a project by Apex Clean Energy that calls for the construction of a 75-MW wind farm in the Commonwealth.
The developer announced earlier this week that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has authorised a modification to its permit for the Rocky Forge Wind project in Botetourt County. The clearance concerns a modification to the original project, which was greenlighted back in 2016, for the use of fewer turbines but with increased height. Thus, Apex is allowed to build a wind farm with up to 22 turbines at a height of up to 680 ft.
Following the ruling, the developer is getting ready to kick off site preparation work this winter.
The power plant will become Virginia’s first operating onshore wind project when switched on in 2021. Its output, estimated to be enough to supply up to 21,000 homes, will be purchased by Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) to power state-owned buildings and facilities under an agreement between the utility and the state of Victoria.
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