Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern), San Francisco, Calif., has begun construction on the Spring Valley Wind project. The project is located on public lands in northern Spring Valley, Nev., and will be the state’s first wind energy project.

The 150MW wind project will take approximately one year to build and will create approximately 225 jobs during construction, with a preference given to qualified local workers and contractors. The wind project will also create up to 13 full-time permanent positions once operational and generate new business and tax revenue for the state and the White Pine County community.

Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy for the sale of energy produced by Spring Valley Wind, which will equal the power needs of approximately 45,000 local homes. Pattern’s Spring Valley Wind 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 selected Mortenson Construction to manage construction of the project, which will use 66 Siemens 2.3MW wind turbines and utilize an existing 230kV transmission line for electricity distribution.

Spring Valley Wind will be Pattern Energy’s fourth operating wind project in North America and is one of seven projects that Pattern expects to bring into construction over the next 12 months, consisting of more than 1,300MW of new installed capacity. Pattern Energy currently operates 520MW of wind power projects in North America.

Source:Pattern Energy