Wind farm construction is a very specialized process, but it requires common products and services, many of which can be found locally.
To learn more about the construction process and what to expect, Heritage Wind partnered with the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce to host a "Virtual Vendor Fair" on March 24, 2021 for local businesses and contractors to learn more about what to expect and opportunities to engage with the project. Video from that presentation can be found below:
Apex Clean Energy will be selecting a Balance of Plant (BOP) contractor to build the Heritage Wind project, and this contractor will be responsible for hiring individuals and subcontractors to complete the project. Many of these entities could be local. By registering for the event and signing up with the Heritage Wind Local Vendor Program, you will ensure that your company's name and contact information will be provided to the BOP contractor before they select their subcontractors and crews. You can also note whether you would like your company's information shared on our local vendor directory.
(If you have any questions, or if you need to change or update a previous response to these questions, please contact us at [email protected].)
The typical construction duration for a wind farm is approximately nine months from the start of construction to the commercial operation date. The work consists of upgrading and building new stone roads, forming and pouring large concrete foundations, installing underground electrical systems and overhead high voltage transmission lines, constructing a project specific substation, erecting the wind turbine tower and generator, and completing the mechanical and electrical connections. In addition to specific construction services, local equipment suppliers, hotels, restaurants, and gas stations may see an influx of customers during construction. (visit our Building a Wind Farm page for a list of specific jobs and services).