PERRYTON WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy has leased over 12,000 acres in Ochiltree County to date, and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about Perryton Wind over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of the community.
Many of the details about the proposed Perryton Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it's far too early to tell which turbines we will use, how many there will be, or where these turbines will be located. 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.
- Capable of producing up to 300 MW of clean, homegrown energy, enough to power over 108,000 homes each year
- Expected to consist of about 150 wind turbines, spaced approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart on active farmland
- Each wind turbine, including the access road, typically requires less than 1/2 an acre of land
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- Farmers would continue farming their land with very limited disturbance
- Would represent a significant investment in local economy with revenues for farmers, local government, and schools
WHY OCHILTREE COUNTY?
Representing a private investment well in excess of $400 million, Perryton will benefit the economy of Ochiltree County 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 more than 25 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
Ochiltree County was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Texas for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines (Beaver County substation in Oklahoma)
- Expansive commercial farmland
- Existing network of state highways
- Avoids sensitive military and environmental areas
- Strong local landowner and community support
- County has previous experience in siting and approving wind farm development
Farmers who host turbines on their property 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 Ochiltree 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.
There are many steps in the process to completion of Perryton Wind. Over the coming years, the project will work to gather community input; conduct extensive studies, permitting, and engineering; and complete numerous additional tasks needed to move the project forward. This process typically takes about one to two years. Apex will be working closely with Ochiltree County on the project planning and permitting of Perryton, offering numerous additional 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