LONG PRAIRIE WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy recently acquired the rights to Long Prairie Wind and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about Long Prairie over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community.
Many of the details about the proposed Long Prairie project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to tell which turbines we will use, how many there will be, or where these turbines will be located. 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.
- Planned to be located on approximately 36,000 acres of open farmland in rural southern Van Wert County
- Capable of producing up to 450 MW of clean, homegrown energy, which is enough to power 136,000 homes each year
- Turbines will be spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart on active farmland
- Each wind turbine, including the access road, typically requires less than half 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
WHY VAN WERT COUNTY?
Long Prairie Wind will represent a significant private investment in Van Wert County, 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.
Rural southern Van Wert County was selected by Apex Clean Energy after thorough examination of many candidate sites within Ohio 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
- Strong local landowner and community support
- County has previous experience in siting and approving wind farm development
Farmers who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 30-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into Van Wert County’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 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.
We are early in the development process for Long Prairie Wind, and there are many steps remaining in the process to complete the project. As the new owners of the project, Apex is taking a step back to refine and refresh the project’s layouts and continue studies before construction can begin. This process typically takes about three years, which means construction is unlikely before 2018. Apex will be working closely with Van Wert County on the project planning and permitting of Long Prairie 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