PINEWOOD WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Pinewood Wind would be sited in Pulaski County, primarily on land owned by the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Currently in the research phase, Pinewood Wind provides the opportunity to address Virginia’s growing electricity demand with safe, clean renewable energy while diversifying the regional economy and helping the Blue Ridge Mountains Council’s scouting tradition continue for generations to come.
Many of the details about the proposed Pinewood Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to determine which wind turbine model we will use, and exactly how many there will be within the project. However, as we continue to develop this project, more of these details will be determined, and we will share project updates with you here on this site. We are working diligently to understand the project site, which includes existing wildlife and environmental characteristics, transmission availability, and wind resource.
- Project size: Up to 150 MW (anticipated)
- Enough energy to power up to 40,000 U.S. homes
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for extensive new infrastructure
- Power will be delivered into the Virginia electrical grid
- Hundreds of jobs and significant local spending during construction
- About 10 full-time jobs created for operations and maintenance
- Taxpayers protected against decommissioning costs
- Would represent a significant investment in the local economies, with revenues for property owners, local government services, and schools for 30 years
WHY Southwest Virginia?
Pinewood Wind will represent a significant private investment in Pulaski, Floyd and Carroll counties, boosting 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 30 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
The project site was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Virginia for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive private land
- Proximity to state highways
The project is expected to inject millions of dollars into southwest Virginia's 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 25 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 and other rural land uses, because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers and rural landowners by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.
We are early in the development process for Pinewood Wind, and there are many steps remaining in the process to complete the project. Apex is currently working to develop a project layout, and studies will continue for several years before construction can begin. Apex will be working closely with Pulaski County, state and federal government agencies on the project planning and permitting of Pinewood Wind, offering additional opportunities for the public to provide input throughout the process.
*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