Cimarron Bend will be the largest wind farm worldwide to be constructed by Enel Green Power (EGP) through its subsidiary EGP North America (EGPNA)
The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 400 MW and EGP will invest approximately $610 million in its construction, part of the investment outlined in the Enel’s current strategic plan. The electricity generated by the facility, along with renewable energy credits, will be sold under power purchase agreements to Google and to the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The wind farm is located in Clark County, Kansas, and will be owned by Cimarron Bend Wind Project LLC, a subsidiary of EGPNA.
Once fully operational, the wind farm will be able to generate around 1.8 terrawatt hours (TWh) annually, providing enough energy to meet the annual consumption of more than 149,000 US households, while displacing around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
“This project marks a major milestone for Enel, as not only will Cimarron Bend be the largest asset in our portfolio, but it also opens our renewable energy to new partners and uses” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, Enel Green Power. “As we continue to invest and grow in the U.S. we aim to cooperate with companies and partners that share the same vision for a more sustainable future.”
The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend, which is expected to enter into service by 2017, will be sold under two 200 MW bundled, long-term power purchase agreements, one with Google and the other with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Cimarron Bend is the first of Enel’s North American wind farms to sell a portion of the power produced to a corporate off-taker.
Enel’s North American renewable subsidiary EGPNA already owns and operates four wind farms in Kansas and is the largest operator in the state’s wind sector with a total operating capacity of close to 1 GW. The company is present in 21 US states and two Canadian provinces with a total installed capacity of more than 2.5 GW, of which more than 2 GW comes from wind, 316 MW from hydro, 72 MW from geothermal and 29 MW from solar.