Pattern Energy Group: Nevada’s First Wind Project Operational.
Pattern Energy Group has announced that its Spring Valley Wind project – the first wind power project in the state of Nevada – has completed construction and is fully operational. A ceremony is being held to commence commercial operations at the 151.8 megawatt (MW) Spring Valley Wind project, which is located near the town of Ely.
"Building Nevada's first wind energy facility was a collaborative process that would not have been possible without the strong support and hard work of numerous groups and individuals across the state and around the country," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "Spring Valley Wind had the benefit of receiving bi-partisan support from Senator Reid, Senator Heller, Secretary Salazar, and local government officials as well as the great people of Ely. We were also able to work constructively with many others, including the local Native American tribes and environmental groups. We thank them for their support and look forward to being a valued member of the community and providing significant benefits to the community and school system for decades to come."
" Going forward, Spring Valley Wind will generate significant local tax revenues, alleviating the burden on local taxpayers and demonstrating that this successful clean energy project is also a meaningful long-term investment in the economic health of the community," said Garland.
Spring Valley Wind created approximately 240 jobs during construction and 13 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. The wind energy project is expected to generate more than $20 million in tax revenue for White Pine County and the state of Nevada's Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years. Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy for the sale of energy produced by the project.
Mortenson Construction managed construction of the project, which utilizes 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and is connected to an existing 230 kilovolt transmission line for electricity distribution.
Spring Valley Wind will be Pattern's fourth operating wind project in North America and is one of a number of wind power projects that Pattern expects to bring into operation over the next 12 months in North America, Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Pattern Energy Group LP is an independent, fully-integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates renewable energy and transmission assets in the United States, Canada and Latin America. (8/8/2012)
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August 10, 2012 – Vol. 17 No.21