Enel, through its U.S. renewable company Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), started operations of two wind farms in the U.S. with a total capacity of around 620 megawatts (MW), the Italian energy company announced Thursday.
According to Enel's statement, the 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, its first wind facility in the U.S. state of Nebraska, and the Diamond Vista wind farm of around 300 MW in Kansas, will generate around 2,600 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually.
With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity that Enel Green Power has connected to grids around the world this year amounts to approximately 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW is in North America, it said.
The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, located in Dixon County, Nebraska, is fully contracted with long-term power purchase agreements, under which Adobe will purchase the energy from a 10 MW portion through 2028 and Facebook will gradually buy the wind farm's full output by 2029.
The agreement enables Facebook to power its data center in Papillion, Nebraska with 100 percent renewable energy, according to the press release.
The investment in the construction of Rattlesnake Creek, which is expected to generate around 1,300 GWh annually, amounted to approximately $430 million, it said.
The Diamond Vista wind farm, located in Marion and Dickinson Counties, Kansas, is also supported by long-term power purchase agreements.
The electricity and renewable energy credits from a 100 MW portion of the wind farm will be sold to global manufacturing company Kohler Co. to supply 100 percent of the annual electricity needed to power the company’s U.S. and Canadian operations, including its 85 manufacturing facilities, offices and warehouses, while reducing Kohler's global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent, according to the statement.
Additionally, the output and renewable energy credits from another 100 MW portion of the facility will be sold to City Utilities of Springfield, and those from an 84 MW portion to Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.
The investment in the construction of Diamond Vista, which is also expected to generate around 1,300 GWh annually, amounted to around $400 million.
By Hale Turkes