Enel Green Power begins construction on 299MW Aurora wind farm in US


French energy giant Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power North America has commenced construction on the 299MW Aurora wind farm in North Dakota, US.

Enel is investing $450m in the wind farm, which will be operational by the end of 2020. To be located in the Williams and Mountrail counties in North Dakota, the wind farm is the second project for the company in the state.

It is located close to the 150MW Lindahl wind farm in Williams County, which has been in operation since 2017.

The Aurora wind farm will generate about 1.3TWh of clean energy while avoiding about 850,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra said: “The construction of Aurora demonstrates Enel Green Power’s strength as an integrated developer-builder-operator in North America, expanding our presence in key regions and providing flexible solutions tailored to help commercial customers achieve their sustainability goals.

“Given our expertise in renewables and the favorable long-term economic outlook for the sector, this project is another example of corporate and utility partnerships leveraging renewable energy for both its sustainable features and economic profitability.”

The wind farm is supported by a 23-year power purchase agreement (PPA) under which 142MW of power from the project will be supplied to local utility Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Earlier in 2019, Enel had signed a 12-year PPA with apparel retailer Gap to supply 90MW of clean energy. The clean energy will be used to power 1,500 of its retail stores, which is nearly 50% of the electricity needs of more than 3,300 stores operated by the Gap across the world.

Expected to be nearly 400GWh each year, the amount of electricity to be supplied to Gap will be equivalent to avoiding 262,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

With Aurora wind farm, Enel Green Power’s portfolio will be more than 1.5GW in wind and solar capacity. Some of its other renewable projects include the 236.5MW White Cloud wind project in Missouri, the 66MW Whitney Hill wind project in Illinois, and the 450MW High Lonesome wind project and 497MW Roadrunner solar project, both in Texas.


Image: Enel begins construction on 299MW wind farm in North Dakota. Photo: Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay.

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