By Nick Gilbert
Pattern Energy Group declared it has accomplished the construction of Nevada’s first Spring Valley Wind project. It is now fully operational. An inaugural event was held at the 151.8 MW Spring Valley Wind project, marking its beginning of commercial operations. It is based beside the town of Ely.
According to the CEO of Pattern Energy, Mike Garland, through collaborative efforts, the company was able to complete the construction of the state’s first wind energy facility. Various groups and individuals within the state and country extended their help and support. Patter Energy also carried out constructive efforts with environmental groups and local Native American tribes. With such valued supports, the company is committed to offering the community and school system with considerable advantages in the forthcoming years.
Spring Valley Wind employed several members in around 240 jobs during construction, creating 13 full-time permanent positions for the operations and maintenance underway. For two subsequent decades, the wind energy project will produce over $20 M in tax revenue for the state of Nevada's Renewable Energy Fund and White Pine County. On behalf of commercializing the project-generated energy, Pattern has signed 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy.
The project construction was directed by Mortenson Construction. It consumed 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and is equipped to a current 230 kv transmission line for the distribution of electricity.
Spring Valley Wind will mark the company’s fourth operating wind project within North America. It is also considered as Pattern’s unique wind power project, ready for operation in another 12 months in Puerto Rico, North America, and Latin America.