Apex explores 150-MW Volunteer Wind project in Tennessee

Apex Clean Energy is exploring the feasibility of constructing Volunteer Wind, a power project expected to generate about 150 MW of renewable electricity.

Volunteer wind’s site is located in rural Gibson County, Tenn. The proposed Volunteer Wind project is located west of Kenton and five miles northwest of Dyer. The project is expected to include about 60 to 70 modern wind turbines, which will be interspersed across active farmland south of Mason Hall-Kenton Road, Virginia-based Apex Energy said on its website.

If Apex pursues the project it could be completed sometime in the 2017-to-2018 time period.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) touted Volunteer wind in a recent document filed with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). SACE thinks that Volunteer and other green energy options to help TVA replace the three coal-fired units at the Allen fossil plant in Memphis.

The Volunteer Wind site in Gibson County is located about 90 miles from Memphis. TVA is currently looking at replacing the coal units at Allen with up to 1,400 MW of new gas-fired generation.

Apex Clean Energy recently announced that it had acquired six wind energy development projects from BP Wind Energy. The sites are located in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee.


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