Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado based renewable energy developer and portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, announced the successful completion of all local permitting approvals for the 130-MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm in Jay County, Indiana.
Jay County Council recently granted a 10-year tax abatement for the proposed $150 million Bitter Ridge Wind Farm. The project proposes to install up to 59 wind turbines across approximately 12,000 acres in Jay County. The project is now expected to be operational in early 2020.
“We are very pleased to have received the final approval necessary for the Bitter Ridge Wind Farm to move forward,” said Michael Rucker, CEO and founder of Scout Clean Energy. “This is Scout’s first wind power project in Indiana and this milestone follows closely on the heels of our successful completion in September of the 200-MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma.”
Rucker added: “The approval of the tax abatement means Scout now has all necessary local permits to take power to market and begin planning for construction in 2019.”
Scout received unanimous approval for the development plan for Bitter Ridge in June and recently completed road and drainage use, decommissioning and economic development agreements with the Jay County Commissioners.
“We believe that Bitter Ridge’s strategic location in the PJM power market makes the project attractive for potential customers looking to expand their renewable power procurement at a competitive price,” added Rucker. “We are fortunate to have a 130-MW wind project ready to market in Indiana. Our team has already received indicative interest in the project and are working to complete sales contracts over the coming months.”
Together, Quinbrook and Scout have expanded the wind project portfolio to over 2.3 GW of potential capacity, spanning 13 projects in 10 states. Bitter Ridge construction will be managed by Harvest Energy Services, a Scout affiliate.