November 9 (Renewables Now) - Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has secured all needed local permits for the construction of a 130-MW wind farm in Indiana, it announced on Thursday.
The so-called Bitter Ridge wind project is being developed by Scout Clean Energy, a portfolio company of Quinbrook, and calls for an investment of USD 150 million (EUR 132m). Having all approvals in place, the company will now work on the final project design and start construction next year. The plant is scheduled for commissioning early in 2020.
To be located in Indiana’s Jay County, the Bitter Ridge wind farm will use up to 59 turbines that will sell their output on the the PJM power market. According to the statement, Scout has already received “indicative interest” for the project and is working to complete power sale deals in the coming months. The US firm was awarded approval for the project in June and recently secured a 10-year tax abatement from the Jay County Council. It has arranged building works to be managed by its affiliate Harvest Energy Services.
In September, Scout kicked off commercial operations at the first 200-MW stage of the Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma. The Bitter Ridge is its first scheme in Indiana, it said.
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