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Pattern Energy Group has announced that its Spring Valley Wind project has completed construction and is fully operational. The 151.8 MW project - the first wind farm in Nevada - is located near the town of Ely.

NV Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pattern 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 kV transmission line for electricity distribution.

"Advancing smart renewable energy development on our nation's public lands is a key component to President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy," says Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "Starting today, Nevada's first wind energy project on public lands will begin powering the grid. This is a great milestone in the collaborative public-private partnership on clean energy that is creating jobs, generating power, strengthening our economy and making us more competitive globally."

According to Pattern, the Spring Valley Wind project is expected to generate more than $20 million in tax revenue for White Pine County and Nevada's Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years.




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