ABOUT DAKOTA RANGE WIND 1

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The Dakota Range Wind project provides an opportunity to help address South Dakota's growing electricity demand with clean, homegrown energy, while diversifying the economy and supporting jobs in the local community.

Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is actively developing Dakota Range Wind, which is expected to generate enough energy to power about 233,000 homes annually.

Located in rural Grant, Codington, and Roberts Counties, the area under consideration is suitable for a wind energy project based on local wind data and these attributes:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Expansive private land
  • Proximity to state highways

Apex is working to engage state and local stakeholders to ensure your questions are answered. This website includes information about wind energy, Dakota Range Wind, and important upcoming events. Please use this site to send us feedback, ask questions, and stay up to date on project news and developments as the project moves forward.

PROJECT PROFILE

  • Project size: About 300 MW 
  • Enough energy to power about 116,000 U.S. homes
  • Turbines will be spaced approximately 1/4 mile apart
  • About 150 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines (may be up to 450 feet from base to tip, spinning at an average rate of about 15 RPM)
  • Power will be delivered into the MISO electrical grid
  • 30 years of annual revenue for counties, local landowners, and local schools, totaling millions of dollars

WHY NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA? 

field_study.jpgThe project site was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within South Dakota for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Expansive private land
  • Proximity to state highways

The project is expected to inject millions of dollars into the communities the project is located in and will 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 start date of commercial operation is 2018-2019.

 

*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