Enel, through its US renewable company Enel Green Power North America, has begun operation of the 185 MW HillTopper wind farm, its first wind facility in Illinois. HillTopper, which is located in Logan County, is supported by three long-term power purchase agreements with Bloomberg LP, General Motors and Constellation, an Exelon company.
“The completion of HillTopper represents our commitment to continued growth, through expansion into new areas and markets to serve new corporate and industrial customers,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power.
The investment in the construction of HillTopper, which is expected to generate around 570 GWh annually, amounts to approximately $325 million.
Under a long-term PPA with Bloomberg LP, Enel will sell the power generated from a 17 MW portion of the wind farm to help the global business and financial information and news leader reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2025.
The energy generated by a 100 MW portion of HillTopper will be sold to General Motors under a second long-term PPA. The wind energy will provide 100 percent renewable electricity to all of General Motors’ Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities and help the company achieve 20 percent energy supply from renewables.
Under a third long-term agreement, the power produced from a 23 MW section of HillTopper will be sold to retail energy products and services provider Constellation, who will then sell the power to two corporate customers through separate retail agreements.
With the PPAs for HillTopper, Enel has already signed, directly or indirectly, more than 1.2 GW of power supply contracts in the US with C&I customers to date. Through these agreements, Enel is able to create tailor-made solutions for its corporate customers, with the aim to provide them with long-term access to an affordable, sustainable and reliable source of power.
The HillTopper wind farm brings the total renewable capacity connected by Enel Green Power to grids around the world from January 2018 to date to approximately 1,981 MW.