Here is a fun fact about Nevada: Did you know that the Spring Valley Wind Farm is Nevada’s first ever wind energy project?! White Pine County appears to be a humble unassuming community, but don’t judge a book by its cover. In addition to tax dollars generated from mining operations in the county, this wind farm is projected to yield $20 million dollars over the next 20 years for White Pine County.
This $225 million dollar wind energy project commenced operations in August 2012 with thirteen full time employees. It consists of sixty-six 2.3 Megawatt turbines. That’s a ton of ‘clean’ electricity! So much so that conservative estimates calculate that this wind farm alone creates enough electricity to power 45,000 homes.
The project is not without controversy though. Some environmentalists claim that it is constructed too close in proximity to a cave that houses Mexican free-tailed bats that are being killed by the blades of the wind turbines. There has also been some reported deaths of golden eagles that have met the same fate as the bats, but the reported incidents are far less frequent. All things considered, the project is considered a success and is supported by the White Pine community as a whole.