MAPLE RAPIDS WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy is actively developing Maple Rapids Wind, and we will be meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community.
- Project size: About 120 MW
- Enough energy to power about 32,000 U.S. homes
- Turbines will be spaced approximately 1/4 mile apart
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- About 60 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines
- Hundreds of local jobs and significant local spending during construction
- About 8 full-time jobs created for operations and maintenance
- Minimal impact to farmland; Apex working with landowners to best locate wind facilities
WHY SHIAWASSEE COUNTY?
Maple Rapids Wind will represent a significant private investment in Shiawassee 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.
The project site was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Michigan for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive private land
- Proximity to state highways
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.
The projected date for completion is 2018.
*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