Company seeks FAA approval for wind power farm in Botetourt County

Associated Press

A company that wants to build Virginia's first commercial wind farm is seeking clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to build atop a Botetourt County mountain.

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — A company that wants to build Virginia's first commercial wind farm is seeking clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to build atop a Botetourt County mountain.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville needs a determination from the FAA that the windmills will not interfere with passing airplanes. Apex recently filed a proposal with the federal agency that says the 25 turbines will each be 549 feet — 1 foot short of what's allowed in a county ordinance that regulates utility-scale wind turbines.

Apex spokesman Kevin Chandler says the filing is only a hypothetical layout of the maximum number and height of the turbines.

Apex has said it hopes to have the turbines spinning along two separate ridges of North Mountain by 2017 or 2018.

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