Enel to Provide Energy from Wind Farm to Facebook and Adobe

Enel subsidiary, Enel Green Power North America, has signed new power purchase agreements with Facebook and Adobe for the sale of the energy produced by the 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm. 
Enel to Provide Energy from Wind Farm to Facebook and Adobe
Courtesy Tradewind Energy

Rattlesnake Creek Wind farm is located on 32,000 acres in Allen, Emerson, and Wakefield in Dixon County, Nebraska. It will use 101 Acciona AW125-3.15 MW turbines. It is currently under construction and is expected to start operations by the end of 2018.

The new agreement with Facebook expands the company’s original 200 MW PPA to the full 320 MW that Rattlesnake will produce. This energy will enable a 100% renewable energy supply to Facebook’s data center in Papillion, the expansion of which was recently announced by Facebook.

The agreement with Adobe will support its commitment to expanding the availability of grid-scale renewable energy. Rattlesnake Creek, which is EGPNA’s first Nebraska wind facility.

The new deal between Enel and Facebook widens the scope of the bundled, long-term power purchase agreement for 200 MW signed in November  2017 to gradually include the plant’s overall output by 2029. The energy produced by the entire wind farm will enable the expanded data center to be 100% renewable-powered.

“Powering our data centers with 100% clean and renewable energy is not just a goal for Facebook, it is a requirement of our business,” said Bobby Hollis, Director of Global Energy at Facebook.

Under the agreement with Adobe, the power and renewable energy credits from a 10 MW portion of Rattlesnake Creek will be sold to the software company through a bundled power purchase agreement in the 2019-2028 period before the plant’s total output goes to Facebook in 2029.

The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm is owned by Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, a subsidiary of EGPNA. Investment in the construction of the wind farm amounts to approximately $ 430 million. The project is financed through the Group’s own resources. Once fully operational in 2019, the 320 MW wind farm will be able to generate around 1.3 TWh annually.

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