Construction of Cimarron Bend wind farm begins
Published: 13 Apr 2016
Enel Green Power, an energy company that manages 708 power plants, generating wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal power has announced construction has begun on their largest wind farm to date. Cimarron Bend will be based in Clark County, Kansas and is expected to generate near to 1.8TWh year-on-year. Cimarron Bend Wind Project, LLC, a subdivision of Enel Green Power has ownership of the plant.
Cimarron Bend is expected to be fit to provide the full capacity of energy needs for more than 149,000 homes in the US. Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division for Enel Green Power has claimed this project to be a huge milestone for EGP and their largest asset to date.
"As we continue to invest and grow in the US, we aim to cooperate with companies and partners that share the same vision for a more sustainable future."
The power generated will be sold in two bundles in the form of power purchase agreements between the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Google. This is the first time Enel has sold part of the power generated to an external organization. Cimarron Bend has partnered with 100+ individuals and companies that own land across the project space amounting to 60,000 acres.
EGP have estimated the Cimarron Bend to cost 610 million US dollars with this being funded by Enel Green Power’s own capital. With this project included, The Enel Green Power North America now provides energy that constitutes 1GW of renewable energy. Before this announcement, Enel already operated four farms across the state, making the company the largest owner of wind in Kansas.
Not only will the Cimarron Bend wind farm generate the most wind power the company has produced to date, it will also create job opportunities for Clark County residents and individuals working in the construction and renewable industries across Kansas.
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