Lighthouse Wind Project Profile
Lighthouse Wind is expected to generate 200 megawatts of clean, homegrown energy. Local wind data confirms that the area under consideration is ideal for a project of this size, which will produce enough safe, pollution-free energy to power up to 53,000 N.Y. homes.
Located in rural Niagara and Orleans Counties in the Towns of Somerset and Yates, we began working with the community on permitting activities in the summer of 2014.
- Located in Somerset, Niagara County and Yates, Orleans County, New York
- Enough power for up to 53,000 U.S. homes (200 MW)
- Power will be delivered into the New York electrical grid
- Hundreds of jobs and significant local spending during construction
- Up to 10 full-time local jobs for operations and maintenance
- Taxpayers protected against decommissioning costs
- 30 years of annual revenue for county and local landowners, totaling millions of dollars
- Each wind turbine typically requires less than ½ an acre of land
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- Would represent a significant investment in local economy with revenues for farmers, local government and schools
Why Somerset and Yates?
Somerset and Yates have a good wind resource, and we believe that a wind energy project will both complement existing energy infrastructure and offer additional benefit to the community.
The wind in Somerset and Yates, their electrical transmission lines, and their open land makes them an attractive location for a responsible wind energy project. Its history of power production further supports this use. If built, the wind farm will create jobs and generate new sources of long-term revenue for the project’s host communities and landowners. Lighthouse Wind could have a capacity of up to 200 MW, producing enough energy to power up to than 53,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Lighthouse Wind will benefit the economies of Niagara and Orleans Counties in the near-term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long-term, the project promises to bring sustained municipal revenues to communities, local government, and the Niagara Region, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment and investment.
The Towns of Somerset and Yates were selected after thorough examination of many candidate sites for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive tracts of land
Landowners who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into the economies of Niagara County and Orleans County to 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.
There are many steps in the process to completion of Lighthouse Wind, and we're very early in the process. Community input, extensive studies, engineering, permitting and other work must be completed before construction can begin. This process typically takes two years or more, which means construction will take place in 2018, at the earliest.
The primary permit for this project will come through the New York State Public Service Commission’s Article 10 siting process for electrical generation. Decisions about project permitting will be made by a Board comprised of state agency representatives and local representatives. This Board will be responsible for determining which studies and reports will be required and for reviewing the results of these studies with the aid of subject matter experts. The permitting process, including wildlife studies, will take at least two years to complete.
As we work through the permitting process with the Public Service Commission, Apex will also work with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to study the proposed interconnection with the New York electrical grid. This process is expected to take 2-3 years.
Lighthouse Wind Article 10 Permit
Lighthouse Wind is actively working through the Article 10 Permitting process. Most recently, the Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) was filed on November 23, 2015. The PSS scopes the final content of the the application, which is expected to be filed in summer of 2016.
This final application will include all of the final details about the project, such as the specific location and model of turbines, collection lines and roads. Additionally, this application will include the methodologies and results of all the studies agreed upon in the PSS.
Lighthouse Wind continues to meet with landowners to discuss participation in the project, as well as meet with stakeholders to discuss the important role they play in the development process.
Throughout these processes, there will be many opportunities for the public to get involved in the project, and it is important to us to hear feedback from the community. Visit our Events page to find a list of upcoming informational events.
*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