LAS VEGAS (AP) — The settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmentalists is allowing turbines to go up at Nevada’s first wind energy project.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Spring Valley Wind farm in White Pine County, just west of Great Basin National Park, is set to start providing power to northern Nevada this July.

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy plans to install 66 turbines to generate 150 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply about 45,000 homes.

NV Energy has agreed to buy power from the wind farm for the next 20 years.

The Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management last year in an effort to block the $225 million project, claiming the agency skirted environmental regulations to fast-track it.


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