Virginia’s first on-shore wind farm heads to Botetourt County

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – After years of negotiations and effort from many, a wind farm that has been planned for years is becoming a reality.

Apex Clean Energy’s wind farm will produce 75 megawatts of power which is enough to power 20,000 homes.

This is Virginia’s first on-shore wind farm and is expected to become operational in 2021 in the northern section of Botetourt County.

The Commonwealth has signed on to an agreement to buy all the electricity from the farm which will also help the state move closer to its goal of powering 30 percent of the state’s electric grid with renewable resources.

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