Center of Family Love Gala

The Apex Asset Management Team was honored to have the opportunity to attend the annual Center of Love Gala in Oklahoma City on behalf of the Kingfisher Wind Farm. It was a wonderful event for an amazing cause! To find out more about the Family Center of Love, click here.

 

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Stunning Sunset Pictures from Kingfisher!

Thank you to Kingfisher local, Thomas ZumMallen, for his second set of beautiful pictures from Kingfisher! What a gorgeous sunset! Thank you again for capturing this, Thomas!

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Rainbow at Kingfisher!

Kingfisher Wind local, Thomas Zummallen caught this beautiful rainbow at the wind facility this week. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you, Thomas!

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AWEA: How does wind help the family farm stay in the family?

We know that wind power is a powerful, renewable energy source. Did you know that wind farms also help landowners keep their farms in the family by providing revenue and royalties from the power provided? Each year, American landowners receive $222 million in lease payments alone. Wind is a drought-resistant crop that is reliable and not subject to fluctuating crop prices. 

Greg Alvarez of the American Wind Energy Association went on a tour through Colorado looking for the community impacts of wind power. During his trip, he met Jason Wilson of Calhan, Colorado, whose family almost had to give up its 76-year-old farm because it wasn't financially profitable anymore. Wilson said, "The wind farm allowed us to be able to keep our family farm. The wind farm balanced the financial viability with the sentimental value, allowing the family farm to be passed on to the next generation."

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U.S. Wind Farms Invested $128 Billion into U.S. Economy Over Past 10 Years

That's right, $128 billion! Not to mention an average of $13 billion per year for the past five years alone. The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) released the data last week.

Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said, "Over this time, wind has rapidly scaled up. There's now enough wind power installed to reliably produce electricity for over 19 million American homes."

There were more records broken last year by wind energy, including capacity installed.

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Apex Attends the 2016 Kingfisher Chamber Annual Banquet

The construction team from Kingfisher attended the Kingfisher Chamber Annual Banquet and had a blast! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

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From left to right: LeRoy and Jan Kuehn, Jack Zeckman, Patrick Curran, Taylor Holt, and Dana and Bill Holt. 

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Oklahoma’s Wind Industry Will Have a Billion-Dollar Impact

A new report released by the State Chamber Research Foundation says that the wind industry in Oklahoma will provide $1 billion in property taxes to counties and local schools over the operating life of the state’s wind farms. 

“This report clearly shows that the Oklahoma’s investment in wind energy production is paying off,” said Fred Morgan, state chamber president and CEO. “A billion dollars in local tax revenue for counties and school districts with wind farms is crucial for these rural areas.”

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Turbines are up at Kingfisher

Turbines are up at Kingfisher! Check out the pictures below!

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First Nacelle at Kingfisher has been Placed

The first nacelle has been placed today at Kingfisher! A nacelle houses all the generating components of the turbine, including the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly. The nacelle is pictured here:

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See Turbine Construction from Beginning to End

MidAmerican Energy posted this informative and cool video that shows a turbine being constructed from beginning to end. The video includes interesting facts about the individual parts of the turbine (such as the nacelle being the size of a school bus!) and how long it takes to assemble.
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