STATUS: In progress with opposition
BACKGROUND: Nevada Wind Company's Virginia Peak Wind Project will consist of between 25 and 65 turbines to be located along the ridgeline of the Pah Rah range in Washoe County, Nevada, about 20 miles northeast of Sparks. It is a $200 million project and the overall economic impact for the area is projected at $5.6 million per year with the potential for $1.5 million in employment.
Some residents say the dozens of wind turbines, each about 300 feet tall, will ruin their mountain views and forever alter their way of life. They also have complained of potential disruptions as a result of construction activity.
Through the Washoe County special use permit (SUP) application process, seven public meetings were held to discuss the project. Washoe County approved the SUP in February 2009. The BLM-Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, sought public comments on the Virginia Peak Wind Right-Of-Way Application Environmental Assessment during a comment period that closed on November 17, 2010.
SOURCES: Nevada Wind: http://www.nvwind.com/virginia-peak-wind-project; http://www.nvwind.com/news/news/new-nevada-wind-facility
Daily Spark Tribune: http://dailysparkstribune.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home_top_stories_news&id=1969821-Appeal-filed-against-wind-power-project&article-Appeal-filed-against-wind-power-project%20=&widget=push&instance=home_news_1st_left&open;
U.S. BLM: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa/virginia_peak_wind.html
Last updated November 19, 2010