FLAT ROCK WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy recently acquired the rights to Flat Rock Wind and will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about Flat Rock Wind over the next several months.
Many of the details about the proposed Flat Rock Wind farm are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to tell where turbines will be located or how many there may be.
- Planned to be located on approximately 28,000 acres of open farmland in rural southern Henry County and northern Rush County
- Capable of producing up to 180 MW of clean, homegrown energy, enough to power over 80,000 homes each year
- Expected to consist of 75 to 90 wind turbines, 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
- Would create about 200 full-time-equivalent jobs during construction
- Would create about 8 to 10 permanent jobs at a local operations-and-maintenance facility
WHY HENRY AND RUSH COUNTIES?
If built, Flat Rock will have a capacity of up to 180 MW, producing enough energy to power more than 80,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment of approximately $300 million, Flat Rock Wind will benefit the economies of Henry and Rush 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 tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
Rural southern Henry County and northern Rush County were selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Indiana 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
Farmers who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into Henry and Rush Counties’ 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.
There are many steps on the path to completion for Flat Rock Wind, and we're still early in the process. Community input, extensive studies, engineering, permitting, and other work must be complete before construction can begin. This typically takes two years or more. Apex will be working closely with Henry and Rush Counties on project planning and permitting, and there will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input into 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