Wind Projects

Spring Valley Wind in White Pine County, Nev., is the state’s first utility-scale wind project.

How does Wind Energy Work?

Today's wind turbines, like early windmills, are mounted on towers to capture the most wind energy. The towers can be 500 feet tall and the blades can be longer than 150 feet. 

Wind spins the blades and the turbine's generator converts mechanical energy into electricity.

Computer control systems ensure the machines operate efficiently and safely.

Nevada is better known for its solar and geothermal resources, but the state does have important and resource-significant wind-generation opportunities that NV Energy is pursuing in behalf of its customers.   

Wind-generation Facilities to Serve NV Energy Customers

Spring Valley Wind Project – 151.8 megawatts
Pattern Energy Group LP is finishing up the construction of the Spring Valley Wind project. The project is located on 7,673 acres of public lands in northern Spring Valley, approximately 30 miles east of Ely, Nev. 

However, its permanent footprint will only be about 77 acres of surface area, or about 1 percent of the total project area.

It is Nevada’s first utility-scale wind energy project. The project includes 66 Siemens 2.3 megawatt wind turbines and employed up to 225 workers.  About a dozen full-time permanent positions are required to keep the wind farm operational. 

WindGenerations
NV Energy customers benefit from an incentive program to help them offset the installation costs of new renewable energy systems, including wind-generating systems. 

Program categories include residential, small business, schools, public buildings and agriculture.  Approximately 90 wind projects at customer locations have been installed or funded throughout Nevada.