Apex Wind Energy

Hoopeston Wind

Hoopeston Wind is a planned 99 MW wind energy facility to be located in Vermilion County, Illinois.

Project Description

  • Project size: Up to 99 megawatts (enough to power nearly 39,000 average Illinois homes)
  • Number of turbines: Approximately 40
  • Anticipated date of operations: 2014 to 2015
  • Turbine siting standards: Turbines are sited to protect nearby homes from impacts. No turbine will be closer than 1000′ from an occupied structure. In most cases, they will be no closer than 1,200′ from an occupied structure.

Local Economic Benefits

  • New Spending and Revenue in the County
    • $11.3 million: New tax revenue estimated to accrue to county for schools, roads, and services, over life of project
    • $10 million: Additional funds infused into the local economy through direct landowner payments, over life of project
    • $17.8 million: Local purchasing of goods and services due to wind farm construction
    • $3 million per year* ($75 million over project life): Purchasing of goods and services within the state for operations
  • Jobs
    • 36 high-quality local jobs: Full-time hires in Vermilion County for the construction of the wind farm (54 hires from within IL)
    • 61 full-time jobs*: Jobs created and/or maintained in Illinois through supply chain impacts and multiplier effects, during construction
    • 5 high-quality, long-term local jobs: Full-time hires in Vermilion County for the operation of the wind farm

* Estimates calculated using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (JEDI) model. Estimates will be updated as project design is fine tuned.

Wind and Illinois

Illinois is ranked 4th in the U.S. for total megawatts of wind energy installed and 4th in number of utility-scale turbines installed (2,195). In 2012, 3.9% of the state’s electricity was provided by wind, and over 1 million average Illinois homes are already powered by wind energy.

Illinois also ranks 4th in the nation for number of wind-related jobs, with 6,000-7,000 workers now employed in the industry in state. There are over 36 wind energy manufacturing facilities operating in the state, providing high-quality, well-paying jobs to Illinois residents.

Wind projects are also benefiting the environment in Illinois. Illinois saves more than 2 billion gallons of water per year by generating power with wind energy, and the wind projects installed in Illinois will avoid about 5.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually – the equivalent of taking 980,000 cars off the road.