Enel has commenced operating the 298 MW Thunder Ranch wind farm and the 300 MW Red Dirt wind farm, both located in Oklahoma. As a result, EGPNA has become the largest wind player in the state, with more than 1,700 MW of managed capacity across 10 wind farms. The investment in the construction of Thunder Ranch totalled around $435 million, while the investment in the construction of Red Dirt was approximately $420 million.
“We are extremely pleased about becoming the largest wind operator in the state of Oklahoma with the completion of both Thunder Ranch and Red Dirt” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power.”
The Thunder Ranch wind farm is located in Garfield, Kay and Noble counties and is expected to generate more than 1,100 GWh per year. It will be the first EGPNA wind farm to have an operational rooftop solar PV system to power its operations and maintenance building with around 55 kWh per year. The rooftop system is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Thunder Ranch is fully covered by long-term agreements, including one power purchase agreement with Anheuser-Busch, the US subsidiary of leading beer corporation AB InBev, for 152.5 MW of wind generated electricity.
The Red Dirt wind farm is located in Kingfisher and Logan Counties and is able to generate approximately 1,200 GWh per year. It is supported by two long-term power purchase agreements, o Thunder Ranch wind farm, Oklahoma (Enel)ne with T-Mobile US, for 160 MW and another for the remaining 140 MW with the Grand River Dam Authority, which will sell the renewable energy to Google under a separate agreement between the two.