Enel, through its US subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has been awarded contracts for a total of 146 MW of new wind capacity in Alberta, Canada.
The contracts consist of two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements in a tender launched by the Alberta Electric System Operator. Enel will build two new wind facilities, the 115 MW Riverview Wind project and the 30.6 MW Phase 2 of Castle Rock Ridge wind farm. The overall investment in the construction of the two wind farms amounts to approximately $170 million.
“This Canadian award is a major milestone for our company, as it is the first regulated renewables tender we have ever won in the country” said Antonio Cammisecra, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power. “We are thrilled to be investing once again in the Canadian energy economy and to continue our growth here in Alberta.”
Riverview Wind and Castle Rock Ridge Phase 2, are both located in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Phase 2 of Castle Rock Ridge is an expansion of EGPNA’s existing 76.2 MW Castle Rock Ridge wind farm. Both wind farms are due to enter service by 2019 and are expected to generate around 555 GWh per year once operational. The contracts awarded to EGPNA will more than double the company’s capacity in Canada, which currently stands at more than 103 MW.
AESO has launched this first tender under their Renewable Electricity Program, established as part of the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. This aims to create a cost-efficient, clean, reliable energy system. The Renewable Electricity Program calls for the development of 5,000 MW of renewable electricity generation capacity connected to the Alberta grid by 2030.