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Apex Clean Energy is investigating the potential for Heritage Wind, and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community.

Many of the details about the proposed Heritage Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to determine which wind turbine model we might use and exactly how many there would 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.

The Heritage Wind project would provide an opportunity to help address New York's growing electricity demand with clean, homegrown energy, while diversifying Orleans County's economy and supporting jobs in the local community.

Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is exploring Heritage Wind with the community and stakeholders. It could generate enough energy to power up to 53,000 homes annually.

Located in Orleans County, adjacent to existing transmission lines on private land, the area under consideration is suitable for a wind energy project based on local wind data and these attributes:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing high-voltage power lines
  • Expansive private land
  • Proximity to state highways

PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Located in Orleans County, New York
  • Enough power for up to 53,000 U.S. homes (200 MW)
  • Power would be delivered into the New York electrical grid
  • Hundreds of jobs and significant local spending during construction
  • Up to 10 full-time local jobs for operations and maintenance
  • Taxpayers protected against decommissioning costs
  • 30 years of annual revenue for county and local landowners, totaling millions of dollars
  • Each wind turbine typically requires less than half an acre of land
  • Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
  • Would represent a significant investment in local economy with revenues for farmers, local government, and schools

WHY BARRE?

Barre has a good wind resource, and we believe that a wind energy project would both complement existing energy infrastructure and offer additional benefit to the community.

Barre’s wind, electrical transmission lines, and open land make it an attractive location for a responsible wind energy project. The town’s history of power production further supports this use. If built, the wind farm will create jobs and generate new sources of long-term revenue for the project’s host communities and landowners. Heritage Wind could have a capacity of up to 200 MW, producing enough energy to power up to than 53,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Heritage Wind would benefit the economy of Orleans Counties in the near term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long term, the project promises to bring sustained municipal revenues to communities, local government, and the region, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.

The Town of Barre was selected to explore after thorough examination of many candidate sites for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing high-voltage power lines
  • Expansive tracts of land
  • Proximity to state highways

Landowners who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners would receive annual lease payments. These payments would continue over the projected 30-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into the economy of Orleans County to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.