RENO — Washoe County officials are reviewing plans by a Las Vegas firm to build the state’s first large wind farm above Warm Springs Valley in the Pah Rah Mountains north of Reno.
Officials with Nevada Wind say if Washoe County approves the $300 million project, the 20 to 50 turbines near Virginia Peak could be under construction next year, and begin generating power by 2010.
Tim Carlson, a partner in the company, said blades as long as 125 feet would rotate on towers 250 feet to 300 feet tall, and produce 150 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 125,000 homes.
The company hopes to sell the electricity to Sierra Pacific Power Co.
County planners are reviewing Nevada Wind’s recently submitted application for a special-use permit.
John Berkich, assistant county manager overseeing renewable energy initiatives, said he expects hearings would be held by the planning commission and county commission in the fall.