Pattern Energy Group LP has announced that its Spring Valley Wind project has settled a lawsuit by reaching an agreement, together with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project.
In January, environmental groups filed a lawsuit, claiming the wind project was poorly sited and would threaten rare bird species such as the greater sage grouse and golden eagles.
The settlement was accepted by the Federal District court in Nevada on March 29, and the lawsuit was dismissed.
"We are starting to see that all renewable energy projects, no matter how well-planned, are being questioned," says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "We are pleased to be able to reach agreement with the concerned parties. The settlement should give more confidence to these concerned parties and the community that the project is well designed."
Construction of Spring Valley Wind – Nevada's first wind farm – is currently under way, and is expected to be completed in July. The 150 MW project will use 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and will connect to an existing 230 kV transmission line.
Pattern Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy for the sale of energy produced by the project.