Enel begins construction on two wind farms in US

WCN Editorial Team 5 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Italian energy company Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has commenced construction on two wind farms in the US, with a total installed capacity of 302.5MW.

The two wind farms are the 66MW Whitney Hill wind farm in Logan County, Illinois, and the 236.5MW White Cloud wind farm in Nodaway County, Missouri.

The first wind farm, Whitney Hill, is located adjacent to Enel’s existing 185MW HillTopper wind farm that started operations in last December. Scheduled to begin operations later in 2019, Whitney Hill is expected to generate around 246GWh of clean energy, while avoiding nearly 167,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

White Cloud, the second wind farm in Missouri, is expected to come online in the second half of 2020. It will generate around 950GWh of clean electricity and help avoid 643,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. It will be the second wind farm in the state for Enel after its Rock Creek wind farm that started operations in 2017.

Enel Green Power North America head Georgios Papadimitriou said: “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to continued growth throughout the country. These projects will enable us to further capitalize on the abundant wind resource in the central US as we continue to expand our footprint in this region and increase the geographical diversification of our portfolio.”

Enel said that it will use new tools and construction techniques to build the two wind farms to ensure high safety standards are met. When the two wind farms begin operations, Enel’s total capacity in the US will grow to about 1.25GW in both solar and wind power.

In January 2019, the company started construction on the 450MW High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, in Texas.

Enel has invested nearly $600m (£494m) in the wind farm, which could be operational by the end of 2019. It will generate nearly 1.7TWh, while avoiding more than 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

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Image: Enel begins construction on two wind farms in the US. Photo: Courtesy of Enel Spa.

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