INTRODUCING CRAB ORCHARD WIND
The Crab Orchard Wind farm could offer an opportunity to meet Tennessee’s growing electricity demand with clean domestic energy, while diversifying the local economy and supporting the rural farm community.
Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is actively developing Crab Orchard Wind, which is expected to generate enough energy to power about 20,000 homes annually.
Cumberland County was selected after thorough examination of many candidate sites for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive commercial farmland
- Avoids sensitive military and environmental areas
Apex is working to inform state and local stakeholders about Crab Orchard Wind and important upcoming events. Please use this site to send us feedback, ask questions, and stay up to date on news and developments as the project moves forward.
AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Representing an investment of up to $130 million, Crab Orchard Wind will create jobs and generate an entirely new source of long-term revenue for schools, government, and landowners while creating jobs and boosting economic opportunities for local businesses. The University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy estimates that during construction Crab Orchard Wind will produce $27.3 million in economic output for Cumberland County and create roughly 111 jobs, half of which are expected to come directly from the county. Over the long term, the project will generate $1.4 million in annual economic output and host 7 permanent jobs. Tax revenues for Cumberland County are expected to total $362,000 annually. This money directly funds government services while requiring zero additional infrastructure investments from the county. To learn more about Crab Orchard Wind’s economic benefits, read our full economic impact study here.
LINKS TO WIND ENERGY HEALTH STUDIES
Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity, providing more new capacity to the U.S. grid than any other technology in 2015. It’s easy to see why. Wind energy emits no harmful air pollutants, produces no runoff waste, and uses almost no water. Wind is also very safe for communities. Read more about what the experts have to say about public health and wind energy here.
WHAT DOES THIS FARMER SAY ABOUT APEX CLEAN ENERGY?