Spring Valley Wind Project
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy’s 151.8-megawatt (MW) Spring Valley Wind Project is located on approximately 7,680 acres of BLM-administered land in north Spring Valley, about 30 miles east of Ely, Nev. Its permanent footprint is only about 77 acres of the surface area, or about one-percent of the total project area.
The $225 million project consists of 66 3.2-MW Siemens wind turbines, an electrical substation and an existing 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line. Electricity generated by the project – enough to power 45,000 homes – is sold to public utility NV Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement.
The facility, which has 13 full-time employees working on operations and maintenance, is expected to create more than $20 million in tax revenue for White Pine County and Nevada’s Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years. It is the first commercial wind generation project to be constructed on Nevada’s public lands.
The BLM Ely District, Schell Field Manager signed the Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact (DR/FONSI) for the project in October 2010. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted on-site in early August 2012.