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The Timbermill Wind farm could offer an opportunity to address the region’s growing electricity demand with clean, domestic energy, while diversifying Chowan County's economy and supporting the rural farm and timber communities.

The proposed Timbermill Wind farm is conceived as a utility-scale wind energy farm, located in Chowan County. The project is expected to include up to 48 modern wind turbines, which will be interspersed across timber and agricultural lands.

If built, Timbermill will have a capacity of up to 173 MW, producing enough energy to power up to 40,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment in the millions, Timbermill Wind will benefit Chowan's 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 local governments and schools, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment. Farmers who host wind turbines 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 Chowan County's economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.

Project Summary

  • Capable of producing up to 173 MW of clean, homegrown energy, enough energy to power up to 40,000 homes every year
  • Expected to consist of up to 48 wind turbines, spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart
  • Planned to be located on managed timberland and open farmland in rural Chowan County
  • Each turbine typically requires less than half an acre of land
  • Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
  • Landowners would continue farming their land or harvesting timber with very limited disturbance
  • Would represent a significant investment with revenues for landowners, local government, and schools
  • Would create hundreds of full-time-equivalent jobs during construction

Why Chowan County? 

This location was selected after a thorough examination of many candidate sites in Eastern North Carolina for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing onsite transmission lines
  • Expansive rural timber and agricultural lands
  • Existing road infrastructure
  • Avoids sensitive military and environmental areas 

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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 20 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.

Potential Timeline

There are many steps in the process to completion of Timbermill Wind, and we're very early in the process. Chowan has granted a conditional use permit (CUP) for Timbermill Wind. We continue to work with the community and conduct extensive studies, engineering, permitting, and other work before construction begins. This typically takes two years or more, which means construction will begin no earlier than 2019.

Apex has been and will continue working closely with Chowan County on the project planning and permitting, offering 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