Virginia Range windfarm canceled
February 1, 2012
A proposed windfarm in the Virginia Range between McClellan Peak and Geiger Grade has been canceled, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
The New Comstock Wind Energy Project sought a right-of-way application to build and operate a wind energy facility.
Because the project has been canceled, an environmental impact statement required for the project also has been canceled.
Great Basin Wind chose the Virginia Range for its $200 million to $400 million project for its reliable wind, proximity to infrastructure, that it isn’t an environmentally sensitive area or in a military flight path or radar area, according to Great Basin Wind president Rich Hamilton.
The windmills were expected to be 210 to 330 feet tall, have blades up to 170 feet long and require 20 miles of underground electric lines.
Storey County residents spoke out against the project at a hearing held in 2009.