February 6 (Renewables Now) - Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is preparing for an up to 80-MW repowering of a wind park in central California, the investment manager said on Monday.
The Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund was awarded a long-term lease in a competitive process run by the state of California, according to the announcement. Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy, a portfolio company of Quinbrook, now has the right to repower the existing 16.5-MW Gonzaga Ridge wind farm.
Scout will build, own and operate a plant that will lift the capacity of the Gonzaga Ridge wind farm to between 65 MW and 80 MW. Located in Pacheco State Park, the current facility there uses ageing wind turbines from the 1980s. Those machines will be replaced during the repowering with up-to-date turbines, expected to increase the wind park’s generation as much as sevenfold.
The upgraded wind farm will be connected to the grid in the California Independent System Operator's NP15 zone. It will continue to bring royalty revenues to the California Department of Parks and Recreation and support the operation of the Pacheco State Park.