5 September 2002 – Enel GreenPower, the renewable energy unit of Italian multi-utility Enel, said on Wednesday it would build nine wind farms with a production target of 300m kWh per year in southern Italy.

The total installed capacity of the nine plants, comprising 169 turbines, will be 141 MW, and the plants should produce enough electricity to supply 130 000 homes.

In a statement, the group said the wind farms would be built on the two southern Italian islands of Sicily and Sardegna and the southern regions of Basilicata and Molise.

Enel did not reveal the cost of the total operation nor give specific dates for commissioning but said the wind plants themselves cost €89m ($88.38m). . The Italian group IWT won the contest for the supply of the wind energy machinery required for the plants

In 2001, Greenpower generated over 9.6bn kWh of energy mostly at hydro and geothermal plants, but with wind-generated electricity growing in importance.

Enel GreenPower is proceeding with initiatives that will increase its wind power capacity, which now stands at 153 Mw installed, in Italy and the Americas.