Pattern Energy starts building 150 MW wind farm in Nevada

The 150 MW Spring Valley Wind project will take about one year to build and will create about 225 jobs during construction

San Francisco, Calif., June 15, 2011 — Pattern Energy Group LP announced it has begun construction on the Spring Valley Wind project. The project is located on public lands in northern Spring Valley about 30 miles east of Ely, Nevada.

The 150 MW Spring Valley Wind project will take about one year to build and will create about 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 White Pine County community.

Pattern Energy 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 about 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 2.3 MW wind turbines and use an existing 230 kV 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 1,300 MW of new installed capacity. Pattern Energy currently operates 520 MW of wind power projects in North America.

Pattern Energy Group LP is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy and transmission assets in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Pattern has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 2,500 MW of wind power projects.

Pattern's development pipeline exceeds 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects and includes multiple transmission projects. Pattern currently has 520 MW of wind energy in operation in the U.S. and in southern Manitoba, Canada.

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