Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has begun commercial operations at two of its wind farms, with a total output of 352MW, located in the US state of Texas.

The two wind farms include Bearkat I and Fluvanna Wind have a generating of about 196.7MW and 155.4MW, respectively. While Bearkat I is located in Glasscock County,  Fluvanna Wind is located Scurry County, Texas.

The first wind farm Bearkat I is claimed to have started operations just nine months after financial close. It is powered by 57 of Vestas’ V126-3.45MW turbines. Black & McDonald has been the BoP contractor for the project.

Through the fund Copenhagen Infrastructure II K/S, CIP has made a net equity investment of $84m in the project, while meeting the remaining part of the total project costs, $186m, from tax equity investors.

The Fluvanna Wind project was constructed by CIP’s partner on the project, Terna Energy, part of GEK TERNA group. The wind farm is powered by 74 of Siemens Gamesa’s 2.1MW turbines.

CIP Senior Partner Christian Skakkebæk said: “Fluvanna I and Bearkat I have been successfully constructed within a short time period, which has been possible due to a professional and dedicated effort and collaborative approach from the projects and their suppliers and partners.

“Fluvanna and Bearkat I are our two first investments in onshore wind in the US and we are very pleased that the projects have reached operation as planned.”

Bearkat I and Fluvanna Wind are the two first projects that are part of CIP’s North American investment portfolio which includes up to 4GW of renewable energy project opportunities.  

Image: CIP begins operations at two of its Texan wind farms. Photo: Courtesy of cristina miguel/