The American subsidiary of Enel Green Power – Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGP-NA) – has put its wind farm in Caney River (Elk County, Kansas) into operation, bringing the company’s total installed capacity in North America to 986 MW.
The new facility – consisting of 111 V-90 wind turbines of 1.8 MW each for a total installed capacity of around 200 MW. It required a total investment of $350m and will generate 765 million kWh per year, enough to meet the annual consumption of approximately 70,000 American households and to avoid the atmospheric emission of more than 580,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
“We pursue our organic growth in the USA fully in line with our schedule” Commented Francesco Starace, Enel Green Power CEO “Caney River represents a major evidence from EGP to carry out in a limited amount of time power plants of significant sizes in such an important market.”
The electricity generated by the Caney River Wind project, which was developed by EGP-NA’s partner, TradeWind Energy, will be purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority under the terms of a 20 year-contract.
The Caney Wind River project provides $8.5m in funding for the plan to protect the tallgrass prairie in Kansas. Specifically, the funding will be used to help establish environmental restrictions needed to protect over 18,000 hectares, restore 6,000 hectares of the Tallgrass Prairie Habitat and conduct research on its eco-system’s wind patterns and wildlife.
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