Dallas (Oct. 27, 2020) – Renewable energy developer, Tri Global Energy, announced today that project owner and partner, Denmark-based Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has achieved commercial operation of Glasscock County’s 162-megawatt (MW) Bearkat II, the second phase of the Bearkat wind energy project.
Bearkat II will provide numerous benefits to the county and the local community. “Over the life of the project, Bearkat II will contribute millions in taxes to support local public services such as schools, roads, libraries and many others, including a stable income to local landowners who have leased land to host the wind project,” said John Billingsley, Chairman and CEO of Tri Global Energy.
“We are delighted to announce the completion of Bearkat II, the newest addition to our growing portfolio of world-class renewable energy projects. This achievement serves as a testament to the dedication and resilience of the CIP and Tri Global Energy teams, our partners and suppliers to execute throughout the global pandemic. We are proud of this project’s contribution to local jobs and generating clean wind energy to serve the Texas market,” said Christian Skakkebæk, Senior Partner at CIP.
“West Texas provides the energy that powers some of the most dynamic economies in this country,” said U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who represents the 11th District, which includes Glasscock County. “I am excited to see another innovative wind energy project open in the 11th District and bring even more business opportunities to our rural communities.”
Tri Global Energy originated the Bearkat wind project on nearly 30,000 leased acres of privately owned farm and ranch land in 2012 and continued project development after CIP’s acquisition of the Bearkat project in 2016. The 197-MW first phase of the Bearkat project commenced operations in 2017.
“We congratulate the team at CIP on completing funding the second phase of the Bearkat wind project and achieving commercial operation, which helps Texas remain the number one wind producing state in the nation,” said Billingsley.
CIP and Tri Global Energy have partnered successfully on other wind projects, including the operational 148-MW Blue Cloud wind project (Bailey and Lamb Counties, Texas) and the 400-MW Panther Grove Wind Energy (Woodford County, IL) project development.