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Apex Clean Energy is investigating the potential for Sugar Creek Wind, and we will be actively 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.

Many of the details about the proposed Sugar Creek Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to determine which wind turbine model we will use and exactly how many there will be within the project. However, as we continue to develop this project, more of these details will be determined, and we will share project updates with you here on this site.

PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Project size: Up to 199 MW
  • Enough energy to power up to 80,000 U.S. homes
  • Up to 77 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines
  • Turbines will be spaced approximately 1/4 mile apart
  • Up to 200 full-time-jobs and significant local spending during construction
  • Approximately 10 full-time-equivalent jobs created for operations and maintenance
  • Would represent a significant investment in the local economy, with revenues for property owners, local government services, and schools for 30 years

WHY LOGAN COUNTY?

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Sugar Creek Wind will represent a significant private investment in Logan 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 Illinois for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing and available transmission capacity
  • Strong local landowner and community support
  • Closure of fossil fuel facilities
  • Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure

The project is expected to inject millions of dollars into Logan County’s economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.

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.

POTENTIAL TIMELINE

Anticipated date of commercial operation is 2020.

 

*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