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Rocky Forge Wind Permit by Rule

In 2017, DEQ issued a permit by rule (PBR) to Apex Clean Energy for Rocky Forge Wind, an 80 megawatt wind project located in Botetourt County. On Aug. 25, 2020, after conducting a required 30-day public comment period, Apex submitted a Modification Application for their existing permit. The modification proposes a decrease to the area of disturbance from 200 to 120 acres and a change in the number and type of turbines used. The initial permit approved the use of 25 turbines that are each 550 ft. tall, and the modification proposes using 22 turbines, each with a height of 680 ft.

DEQ will issue a determination on the modification within 90 days of receipt of all necessary materials. All application materials received for the modification and the initial application* are listed below.

PBR Modification Documents Received by DEQ August 25, 2020


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Document links below preceded with an asterisk (*) were submitted as part of the initial Rocky Forge Wind PBR application(s) and have not changed since the original submittal.

Rocky Forge Wind PBR Modification Application

Notice of Intent

Compliance with Local Land Use Ordinances

Interconnection Studies

Interconnection Agreements

Maximum Generation Capacity Certification

Analysis of Potential Beneficial/Adverse Impacts on Natural Resources


Historic Resources

Other Natural Resources

Mitigation Plan

Certification of Design Incorporating Mitigation Plan

Operating and Maintenance Plan Incorporating Mitigation Plan

Site Plan and Context Maps

Certification of Application for Environmental Permits

Public Review

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