130 Megawatt Bitter Ridge Wind Farm located in Jay County in Indiana. Scout commenced greenfield development of Bitter Ridge in 2016 and has successfully progressed the project through all permitting and procurement activities, commencing construction in August 2019. The Bitter Ridge wind farm is the fourth utility scale wind project to be constructed by the Scout team and will utilize the latest generation GE 2.82 MW wind turbine. Reaching commercial operations at Bitter Ridge will bring Scout’s operational portfolio of onshore wind energy generation to 843 MW spanning the three power markets of ERCOT, PJM and SPP with more than 4,000 MW in its active development pipeline across wind, solar PV, and battery storage.
According to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator, Bitter Ridge is predicted to offset over 292,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and over 10 million metric tons during its operating life. Bitter Ridge’s production is expected to offset the CO2 emissions of 49,430 Hoosier homes’ electrical consumption annually.
As previously announced by Scout, a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement has been signed with Constellation, an Exelon company, for the long-term purchase of renewable energy and capacity generated by Bitter Ridge. Scout entered into a fixed-price balance-of-plant construction agreement with Mortenson Construction who completed the work on schedule and with excellent safety performance. The Bitter Ridge asset management and post-construction operations will be undertaken by Scout.
The completion of construction of Bitter Ridge follows the final commissioning of Scout’s 180 MW Heart of Texas wind farm in McCullough County in Texas earlier in 2020.