Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund (QLCPF) has been awarded a long-term lease by the State of California in the US to repower the Gonzaga Ridge windfarm located in Pacheco State Park.
QLCPF is part of global investment management firm Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.
The project rights and lease were secured by Quinbrook’s portfolio company Scout Clean Energy, which develops and operates windpower projects in the US.
With this lease, Scout will be able to build and operate a new windfarm project at the Gonzaga site and increase the existing windfarm capacity from 16.5MW to approximately 80MW.
As part of the expansion, Scout intends to replace the existing wind turbines and increase the renewable power output.
The new project developed by Scout will be connected to the grid located at the California Independent System Operator’s NP15 zone, which is a distribution point and market hub for Northern California.
Scout Clean Energy CEO Michael Rucker said: “This iconic project represents an exciting opportunity to help the state of California meet its ever-increasing renewable energy needs.
“California has been a pioneer of windpower since the 1970s and, these days, virtually all of California’s viable onshore wind resource sites are already built out.
“By repowering Pacheco Pass and equipping it with today’s advanced wind turbine technology, we hope to set a new and important precedent for unlocking more renewable power from recycling older existing windpower sites located across California and other US states with cost-effective new capacity.”
Last year, California Senate President Kevin de León has revealed that the state would gradually increase renewable energy consumption and aims to produce 60% renewable energy within California’s electricity grid by the year 2030.