Nevada’s First Wind Energy Project Takes Off

We’ve seen a good deal about solar in Nevada, and geothermal in Nevada – and even solar and geothermal paired together in Nevada. But wind? Not so much. That’s in line to change, however, as the 150-megawatt (MW) capacity Spring Valley Wind project kicks into gear.

Financing for what will be the state’s first wind energy project has been secured, Pattern Energy Group announced. And that’s a good thing, since the company held a ground breaking at the site, on public lands 30 miles east of Ely, back in June.

Wind Farm

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Pattern said 225 jobs will be created during Spring Valley’s construction, and it will take 13 workers to operate the plant. In addition, $20 million in tax revenue will go to White Pine County and Nevada’s Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years. Pattern and NV Energy have a 20-year power purchase agreement for the enegy produced at Spring Valley.

Mortenson Construction will use 66 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines for the plant, which will connect to an existing 230-kilovolt transmission line. Construction is expected to be completed within 12 months. Pattern said the plant will produce enough power for 45,000 homes in Nevada.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

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