CRAB ORCHARD WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy is actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about Crab Orchard Wind.
Many of the details about the proposed Crab Orchard Wind farm are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to tell where turbines will be located or how many there may be. These questions and many others will be answered as project development progresses.
- Capable of producing up to 71 MW of clean, homegrown energy, enough to power 20,000 homes each year
- Expected to consist of 20 to 23 wind turbines, spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart on active farmland
- Each wind turbine typically requires less than 1/4 of an acre of land
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- Farmers would continue farming their land with very limited disturbance
- Would represent a significant investment in local economy with revenues for farmers, local government, and schools
- Will create about 50 local full-time-equivalent jobs during construction
- Will create about 7 permanent jobs at a local operations-and-maintenance facility
WHY CUMBERLAND COUNTY?
If built, Crab Orchard Wind will have a capacity of up to 71 MW, producing enough energy to power 20,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment in excess of $100 million, Crab Orchard Wind will benefit the local economy in the near term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
Rural Cumberland County was selected after a thorough examination of many candidate sites for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive commercial farmland
- Existing network of state highways
- Avoids sensitive military and environmental areas
Farmers who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.
WIND ENERGY FOR RURAL AMERICA
The cost of wind energy has dropped more than 50% over the past five years, providing a cost-competitive source for clean electricity across the nation. Wind powers the equivalent of 18 million American homes each year.* Wind energy comes with many benefits, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.** Wind turbines compliment working farms, because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.
Anticipated start date of commercial operation is 2019.
*AWEA, Wind Energy Facts at a Glance, March 2015
**Department of Energy, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, 2015