Enel S.P.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has started construction of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in the United States.
Once completed, Cimarron Bend will have a total installed capacity of 400 megawatts and will be Enel’s largest wind farm worldwide.
The facility is owned by Cimarron Bend Wind Project, LLC, a subsidiary of EGPNA, and is located in Clark County, Kansas.
Once fully operational, Cimarron Bend will be able to generate around 1.8 Terra Watt hours annually, providing enough energy to meet the annual consumption needs of more than 149,000 US households, while avoiding the emission of around 1.3 million ton nes of CO2 each year.
"This project marks a major milestone for Enel, as not only will Cimarron Bend be the largest asset in our portfolio, but it also opens our renewable energy to new partners and uses," said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division.
"As we continue to invest and grow in the US we aim to cooperate with companies and partners that share the same vision for a more sustainable future."
The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend, which is expected to enter into service by 2017, will be sold under two 200 Megawatts bundled, long-term power purchase agreements, one with Google and the other with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
Cimarron Bend is the first of Enel’s North American wind farms to sell a portion of the power produced to a corporate off-taker.
The construction of Cimarron Bend will require an investment of approximately 610 million US dollars and is part of the investment outlined in the Enel’s current strategic plan.
The project is financed through the Enel Group’s own resources.
Enel’s North American renewable subsidiary EGPNA already owns and operates four wind farms in Kansas and is the largest operator in the state’s wind sector with a total operating capacity of close to 1 Gigawatt.
EGPNA is present in 21 US states and two Canadian provinces with a total installed capacity of more than 2.5 Gigawatt, of which more than 2 Gigawatt comes from wind, 316 megawatt from hydro, 72 megawatt from geothermal and 29 megawatt from solar.
In Kansas, Enel Green Power North America, Inc. owns and operates four wind power plants, and owns one additional wind plant currently under construction, the 400 megawatts Cimarron Bend – the largest in its global portfolio. Combined, EGP-NA’s projects in Kansas represent 1,100 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, more than $1.7 billion in total investment and the creation of more than 60 quality full time jobs in the state.
EGP-NA is invested in Kansas and committed to the long-term sustainability of the communities where it operates, supporting critical initiatives including, $8.5 million in funding to support research, preservation and combating invasive species within the Tall Grass prairie habitat and approximately $300,000 to local education and scholarship programs.