Articles filed under General from Virginia

Citizen input on county wind energy ordinance and SEP changes

What we see on your website and advertised are the changes that Apex has requested. We do not see any other changes. So if we correctly understand your statement, none of the suggested changes made by Virginians for Responsible Energy were deemed suitable for updating the Wind Ordinance, and you and your staff are recommending that only the changes wanted by Apex should be made. This is stunning that the Planning Department appears to be willing to accept everything that Apex wants, without limit.
6 May 2020

Plans for wind farm in Botetourt County move forward

The agreement also provides a long-sought purchaser of 75 megawatts of electricity to be produced by wind turbines built by Apex, a Charlottesville company that obtained all of the permits needed for the project two and a half years ago. Since then, Apex has not begun construction while it has searched for a utility or other buyer to make the project commercially feasible.
18 Oct 2019

A look at the main issues causing friction between some Spotsy residents and a proposed solar facility

A consultant for the county determined there “is no heat island,” but believes temporary heat spikes could happen with the Spotsylvania facility. That finding led staff and the Planning Commission to recommend 350-foot setbacks between solar equipment and property lines. Staff recommends these setbacks only for properties with houses, while the Planning Commission recommended them for the entire property. SPower says those setbacks would negatively impact the project plans. The company is seeking 100-foot setbacks from property lines and 350-foot setbacks from homes.
9 Mar 2019

Plans for wind farm construction in Botetourt County remain on hold

Since 2005, wind turbine projects have been proposed by other developers in Southwest Virginia, including the counties of Highland, Roanoke and Tazewell. All of the plans eventually stalled. ...to some degree, all of them ran into opposition from nearby residents, who said giant turbines on ridgelines would mar scenic landscapes, make too much noise and produce harmful shadow flickers.
25 Nov 2018

Virginia county residents fret over massive solar farm

Imagine a 6,350-acre parcel close to your home filled with rows and rows of 1.8 million solar panels and the largest solar power farm of its kind east of the Rocky Mountains. Imagine wondering what effect that massive farm would have not only on the local environment, but also the microclimate, because such a project in a populated area is unprecedented.
26 Oct 2018

Plans for Virginia's first commercial wind farm OK'd

In what is called a mitigation plan – which DEQ accepted in approving the application – Apex says it also will avoid cutting trees within five miles of the bats’ caves and within 150 feet of summer roosting trees for northern long-eared bats from early spring to fall. Opponents of the wind farm continue to question assessments that it will not harm birds and bats, pointing out that the supporting research was done by expert firms hired by Apex.
3 Mar 2017

Dignitaries, protesters turn out for wind project

The former commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Steve Wright, disputed that the project was likely to benefit the goal of curbing global warming. “I am here because this is a reflection of such poor energy policy and poor climate change policy. This development on public land will do nothing but damage the best habitat for black bears in the state, and will do nothing for climate change action."
23 Sep 2016

Botetourt County seeks wind farm consultant

As plans advance for a wind farm in Botetourt County, the board of supervisors is looking for some expert help. At a meeting Tuesday, the supervisors voted to advertise for an engineering consultant to help the county evaluate an expected zoning application to build up to 25 turbines on top of North Mountain.
23 Sep 2015

Dominion ditches plans for onshore wind in Virginia, but grows bullish on solar

Dominion Resources Executive Vice President and CFO Mark Gettrick: “When the wind business first got started, a decade, a decade and a half ago, we built two wind projects early on and we elected not to build any more. We steered away from wind. We do not think wind would ever be a good resource on land, in Virginia anyway, and so we elected not to pursue incremental wind projects.”
17 Nov 2014

Going green? Wind vs. public opinion

As for onshore wind power in Virginia, Professor Rahman says topography and public opinion are against it.  “Our onshore wind resource is not as strong as in Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon and so on.  I did a project in the Shenandoah Valley.  I tried to do a project.  There was very strong local opposition to wind power.  They just don’t like to see wind turbine on a hilltop.”
18 Mar 2014

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