A record 2016: Enel Green Power closes out the year with 2,018 MW of built capacity

Published on Wednesday, 18 January 2017

That’s almost double the results from 2015, when the Renewables Division of Enel just barely exceeded the threshold of 1,000 MW. During the year, Enel Green Power completed important plants such as the Apiacás Hydroelectric Park (102 MW) in Brazil, the Finis Terrae photovoltaic plant (160 MW) in Chile, and the wind farms of Palo Alto (129 MW) and Vientos del Altiplano (100 MW) in Mexico and the Nojoli wind farm (88MW) in South Africa.

Enel Green Power has closed out a record 2016, reaching 2,018 MW of built capacity. This accomplishment is a huge success for Enel’s Renewables Division, which more than doubled its objective from 2015, when it just barely exceeded the threshold of 1,000 MW of built capacity.

“This record confirms once again the incredible efforts made by the entire Enel Green Power team. It’s a team result that makes us extremely proud. The credit goes to everyone who worked selflessly and steadfastly to attain this success.”

– Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel Green Power

In 2016, Enel Green Power completed important plants like the Apiacás hydroelectric park (102 MW) in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil, opened last 23 November. Numerous wind and solar projects were also completed: in Chile, in addition to the impressive photovoltaic park of Finis Terrae (160MW), an additional 382 MW coming from the sun and wind were set up, for a total of 542 MW, while in Mexico, the wind farms of Palo Alto (129 MW) and Vientos del Altiplano (100 MW) came into operation.

In South Africa, in wind and solar, projects were completed for over 470 MW. Goods news comes from the United States, too, starting from the Group’s biggest wind project, Cimarron Bend (400 MW), where the first 200 MW were started up in Clark County, Kansas, and the completion of an additional 373 MW of wind and solar in various states. The plants put into service in 2016 put together will lead to the reduction of 4,100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year and will meet the needs of 1,800,000 households.

Enel Green Power makes the safeguarding of the environment and the rational use of resources the first priority in all its activities, starting from plant construction. This has led to the creation of the so-called “sustainable worksite”, an innovative model in which all the phases of construction are marked by close attention to sustainability: from the selection of materials and components to the environmentally friendly management of the worksite and waste, to the proper placement into the landscape. Throughout its activities, a sustainable worksite involves the monitoring of certain environmental performance factors, with the goal of generating constantly improving actions, as part of an expert collaboration with suppliers and contractors.

After taking stock of 2016, Enel Green Power looks to the new year and new plans that will see the company particularly involved in the United States and Brazil. Some of the most important plans are the Ituverava plant, a 254-MW solar colossus in the state of Bahia that will come into operation in the first half of 2017, and Nova Olinda (292 MW) which, once completed, will be the biggest solar farm ever built by Enel Green Power.