Apex Clean Energy

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Apex Clean Energy is a Charlottesville-based company.


In late October[when?], officials with the company filed an application for a special use permit in Botetourt County for a wind farm. [1] They filed a more detailed application with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in May 2016. [2]

In October 2019, the Commonwealth of Virginia agreed to purchase energy from the site, which would feature 550-foot tall wind turbines atop North Mountain. Governor Ralph Northam announced the deal, which is part of a goal to have 30 percent of energy used by state agencies to come from renewables by 2022. [3] Later that month, the company filed for an amendment to the special use permit to expand the height of the towers to 680 feet. [4]

New Headquarters

The company announced they would open a new headquarters in downtown Charlottesville[when?]. The project will be developed by Riverbend Development. [5]

Ground was broken for the eight-story building on October 15, 2019. [6] Apex will occupy the top three floors of the 187,000 square foot building and will rent out the rest. The building has been designed by William McDonough. [7]

The structure will use cross-laminated timber beams rather than concrete, steel and glass. [8]

External links

Official site

  1. Web. Company Seeks Permit to Build Wind Farm in Botetourt County, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 1, 2015, retrieved November 2, 2015.
  2. Web. Botetourt wind farm developer files plan, seeks to avoid bat deaths, Lawrence Hammack, Roanoke Times, May 8, 2016, retrieved May 9, 2016.
  3. Web. Plans for wind farm in Botetourt County move forward, Lawrence Hammack, News Article, Roanoke Times, October 19, 2019, retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. Web. Turbines will be taller in latest wind farm plan for Botetourt County, Laurence Hammack, News Article, Roanoke Times, November 8, 2019, retrieved November 4, 2019.
  5. Web. Apex Clean Energy Announces Plans for New Charlottesville Headquarters, Staff reports, News Article and Press Release, WVIR NBC29 News, March 1. ,2018, retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. Web. Local energy company building efficient headquarters with low carbon footprint, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 15, 2019, retrieved October 18, 2019.
  7. Web. Apex Clean Energy Breaks Ground on Mass Timber Charlottesville Headquarters, Press Release, Thalhimer, October 15, 2019, retrieved October 18, 2019.
  8. Web. With glitzy new buildings well under way, Charlottesville's office space is moving on up, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 16, 2020, retrieved January 19, 2020. Print. January 16, 2020 page A1.