Construction Update - July 2024

During June, Timbermill Wind achieved a major milestone with the first turbine being completely erected. Six towers were completely erected last month and components were delivered to 40% of all sites. Work on the project substation also progressed, with nearly all foundations complete and the setting of steel and equipment well underway. Looking ahead to July, the permanent Meteorological Evaluation Tower (MET) will be installed, transmission line installation will begin, and wind turbine installation will continue, generally working from North to South through the project area.

Construction Update - May/June 2024

Last month, the last of the turbine foundations were completed and the staging of turbine components began at each location. Substation construction continues to progress on schedule. Turbine erection began in June, starting with each individual tower section followed by the rotor and blades.        

Construction Update: April 2024

Over the Month of April, collection system cable installation was completed, and majority of foundations were completed. The site roads continue to be improved, and construction on the project substation has begun. Asphalt repairs on West Bear Swamp and Center Roads continue, and remaining areas of the site being continued to get prepped for the start of deliveries to site at the beginning of June. Vestas continues to deliver components to the River Bulk terminal in anticipation of the start of deliveries.          

Construction Update: March 2024

Over the past month, work continued on site roads, foundation construction, and underground collection system installation. Components are currently being delivered to the River Bulk Terminal, and crews are preparing for turbine deliveries to begin in a couple of months. Turbine installation will take place this summer and early fall.

Construction Update: February 2024

Currently, crews are furnishing and installing roads, foundations, and collector systems. All equipment, materials, and tooling required to complete the referenced activities are on-site or in delivery. Backfill of the completed foundations will start in the month ahead in preparation for turbine deliveries at the end of May. This month, the on-site workforce was 167 employees, including subcontractors, contractors, and client representatives. Continue reading

Construction Update: January 2024

This month, subgrade preparation, cement stabilization, and aggregate placement took place at the cement batch plant and laydown yard. Temporary office trailers have been delivered and assembled on-site. Major materials were delivered, including anchor bolts, embedment rings, load spreader plates, and MV collection cable. Continue reading

Chowan County Groups Awarded Timbermill Wind Community Grants

Apex Clean Energy is pleased to announce four worthy local organizations as the latest recipients of Timbermill Wind community grants. The program recognizes meaningful local efforts to build safe and healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote education. “As Timbermill Wind moves into construction and becomes a long-term fixture in Chowan County, this round of community grants represents the first of many benefits the community will see from the project in the years to come," said Jimmy Merrick, Senior Development Manager for Apex Clean Energy. "We are thankful to call these local organizations our neighbors and look forward to seeing the results of these great projects.” Continue reading

Notice of Field Representatives - North Carolina Wind Energy Facility Permit

This notice is to inform the public of the field representatives responsible for overseeing compliance with the conditions of the NCDEQ Wind Energy Facility Permit during construction of the Facility pursuant to Condition II.B.2.a of the Wind Energy Facility Permit. The field representative will be accessible by telephone or email during normal business hours throughout site preparation, construction, and cleanup. Site preparation, including some tree clearing, road construction, and switchyard grading, will commence on or after May 4, 2023. Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2023. If you have general questions about the project not about construction activities, please contact Timbermill Wind at [email protected] or 252-648-3487. The field representative during construction of the facility will be James Stovall and Curtis Radke. Their contact information is: Address: 120 Garrett Street, Suite 700, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Email: [email protected] Phone Number: 252-675-6259 Emergency Phone Number: 434-328-2305

First wind farm in North Carolina approved by state regulators

A wind farm with up to 45 turbines, planned for Chowan County in northeastern North Carolina, got final approval from state regulators Tuesday. The wind farm proposal is the first to be approved in North Carolina by the Department of Environmental Quality. State lawmakers passed a law in 2013 allowing for wind farms, but this is the first permit to get final approval. “This is a big deal,” said Katharine Kollins, head of the Southeast Wind Coalition. She said state regulators had to build a permitting process from scratch and this approval could pave the way for other wind farms in the state. Timbermill Wind, LLC, has been working to get approval for the project for eight years, Kollins said. The company is part of Apex Clean Energy, which has dozens of wind farms and solar projects around the country.  “Timbermill Wind represents an enormous economic opportunity for Chowan County and the entire region,” Apex senior development manager Jimmy Merrick said in a statement. The wind farm in Chowan County could generate up to 189 megawatts, according to Apex. “The 45-turbine project will generate enough clean energy to power more than 47,000 average North Carolina homes, create over 100 jobs during construction, and become the county's single largest taxpayer - providing about $33 million in new local tax revenue over its lifetime,” he said. The company will still need to get the building permits for the wind turbines, Merrick said. “Initial construction of the project may begin as soon as this summer and will progress throughout 2024,” he said. The project will also bring income for farmers and other landowners in Chowan County who will get annual lease payments for having wind turbines on their land, according to Apex. “These payments will continue over the projected 30-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into Chowan County's economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers,” the company said. Chowan County is a rural area in northeast North Carolina, sitting along the Chowan River and the mouth of the Albemarle Sound. The wind farm will be north of Edenton. Power from the project will flow into the PJM Energy Market, according to Kollins. That market serves the northeast corner of North Carolina, up into Virginia and points north. Read more from Spectrum News here.