About Box Car Wind

Apex Clean Energy is exploring the feasibility of constructing Box Car Wind, a wind energy project located in rural Lyon and Murray counties. Based on transmission capacity and local wind data, Box Car Wind has the potential to generate 1,000 megawatts of clean, homegrown southwest Minnesota energy, enough to power up to 370,000 U.S. homes.

Apex is working with local landowners, community leaders, and various stakeholders to design a project that fits with the community and complements the agricultural heritage of the area. The project site has several key attributes, including:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Expansive private land
  • Strong community involvement
  • Minimal environmental impacts
  • Over 500 private landowners with signed leases in project area

A Clean Economic Opportunity for Lyon and Murray Counties

Using an innovative, community-based lease that spreads the financial benefits from the project more broadly among landowners, Box Car Wind will create jobs and generate an entirely new source of long-term revenue for counties, law enforcement, parks, townships, and property owners. The total direct financial impact to the community will be in the tens of millions of dollars over the life of the project, with additional indirect economic benefits to the local economy through construction and operations.

Landowners participating in the project will receive annual payments over the projected 30+ year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy to support local merchants, contractors, equipment suppliers, auto dealers, and others. The power from Box Car Wind will be delivered directly onto Minnesota’s electrical grid, reducing the need to import electricity from outside markets.

Local Economic Benefits

  • Enough power for up to 370,000 U.S. homes (1,000 MW)
  • Hundreds of jobs and significant local spending during construction
  • At least 15 full-time local jobs for operations and maintenance
  • Taxpayers protected against decommissioning costs
  • More than 30 years of annual revenue for landowners, counties, and township government services, totaling tens of millions of dollars

* Estimated payments and jobs over life of project