New Projects, Wind

Wind Facility Built in 1980s to be Repowered

By Editors of Power Engineering

Scout Clean Energy has won a contract from Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners to repower a California wind facility that was built in the 1980s.

As a result, the Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm in Pachero State Park in Central California will increase from a capacity of 16.5 MW to an expected 65 MW to 80 MW, Windpower Engineering and Development reported.

Scout will replace the existing turbines with the latest in modern turbine technology.

“This iconic project represents an exciting opportunity to help the state of California meet its ever-increasing renewable energy needs,” said Michael Rucker, CEO of Scout Clean Energy. “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 wind power sites located across California and other US states with cost-effective new capacity. This is truly a getting ‘more for less’ proposition.”

“Gonzaga Ridge’s unique location near the Bay Area, as well as its connectivity to major distribution points on California’s electricity grid, provide a rare opportunity to improve the productivity of a vintage wind farm that is a part of the history of renewable energy in the State,” said Shawn Cumberland, Senior Managing Director of Quinbrook. “As the original project was ‘cutting edge’ when first built in the ‘80s, the repowering of Gonzaga will demonstrate how far U.S. wind power has come in the past three decades.”