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DESIGNING A WIND PROJECT
SITING TURBINES
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Apex Clean Energy conducts sophisticated analyses
to ensure that every one of its wind turbines is built in a safe,
environmentally sound location.
These studies help us keep turbines a responsible distance
from certain infrastructure and natural features.
These setbacks can transform a seemingly wide-open area into a complex
patchwork of smaller open spaces where turbines may be appropriately sited.
Let’s start with a standard 640-acre section of land…
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ROAD / RAIL SETBACKS

Apex includes a setback around all existing
roads and rail lines to ensure that
turbines are located an appropriate
distance from these features.

In many places in the Midwest, roads follow
section lines, which create buffers from
the edges of each section as well.

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HOUSE SETBACKS

Apex respects an appropriate setback
distance from every occupied residence
in a project area.

This setback is calculated based on
anticipated sound and shadow impacts
to ensure that turbines do not
adversely affect nearby residents.

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NON-PARTICIPATING
PROPERTY LINES


Apex believes it is important to
keep turbines a respectful distance
from the property lines of those who
are not participating in the project.

We maintain smaller setbacks from
the property lines of those who
are participating in the project.

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STREAMS & DITCHES

Apex turbines are set back from
streams and ditches to prevent
adverse impacts to waterways,
riparian wildlife, and habitat.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Cellular devices, televisions, radios,
and radar systems send signals
through the air from one receptor to
another.

Our analysis of these “beam paths”
helps us ensure that turbines do
not block or impede these types
of signals.

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OIL & GAS
INFRASTRUCTURE


Wind energy facilities can safely
and functionally coexist with oil
and gas wells and pipelines.

Apex works closely with landowners,
mineral leaseholders, and other energy
companies to ensure that both
underground and overhead energy
resources can be harnessed safely
and efficiently.

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In addition to the setbacks described, Apex also
conducts studies to evaluate soil stability, the presence of
cultural or historic resources, the presence of wetlands,
and more. As each layer gets added to our maps, we get
closer to selecting final turbine locations for a project.
Turbine model and size are the final pieces in the
puzzle, determining how far apart turbines must be spaced.
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SUITABLE LAND
IS LIMITED

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The combination of these factors
determines how we can use the
land that is available.

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Careful siting of our turbines is part of what
helps Apex accelerate the shift to a world powered
by clean electricity, responsibly.
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