Pattern Energy Group LP has begun construction on the Spring Valley wind project, located on public lands in Nevada. The project will be Nevada's first wind development, according to the company.
The 150 MW is expected to take approximately one year to build and will create about 225 jobs during construction, with a preference given to qualified local workers and contractors, according to Pattern.
‘Pattern is honored to be constructing Nevada's first wind project, which will provide groundbreaking mitigation measures to minimize impacts on the environment, including preservation of cultural resources, funding for sage grouse, curtailment standards, modified electrical lines to reduce risks to birds, and an advanced radar system for monitoring birds and bats that will allow us to turn off the turbines when species are identified in the area,’ says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.
The project will also create up to 13 full-time permanent positions once operational and generate new business and tax revenue for the state and White Pine County community.
‘Wind is an abundant natural resource that Nevada can harness on our path to become energy independent,’ says Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. ‘Projects like this will convert our vast renewable energy potential into new economic opportunity and make Nevada a global leader in clean energy.’Â
Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy for the sale of energy produced by the project. The company selected Mortenson Construction to manage construction of the project, which will comprise 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and utilize an existing 230 kV transmission line for electricity distribution.