The construction of the wind farm required an investment of approximately 130 million US dollars
The facility is EGPs sixth wind farm in Oklahoma, where the company has brought online more than 420 MW of wind capacity in 2015 alone
Rome, December 18th, 2015 Enel Green Power S.p.A. (EGP), through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), has brought online the 74 MW Little Elk wind farm in Oklahoma in the United States. Little Elk is the second wind farm to be brought online in the state by EGP in December, following the 200 MW Goodwell wind farm.
"The entry into service of Little Elk strengthens our presence in the United States, which continues to be a significant market for Enel Green Powers development, said Francesco Venturini, CEO of EGP. We are demonstrating our ability to ensure continuous growth in the US renewables market, while rapidly progressing towards our capacity expansion targets.
Little Elk, which is located in Kiowa and Washita Counties, adjacent to EGPNA's existing 150 MW Rocky Ridge wind farm, has a total installed capacity of 74 MW and is able to generate more than 330 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 27,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 240,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
The construction of Little Elk required an investment of approximately 130 million US dollars, partially funded through a capital contribution agreement with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. The project is supported by a 25-year power purchase agreement with Peoples Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma (PEC).
The entry into service of Little Elk means that in 2015 alone EGP has brought online over 420 MW of wind capacity in Oklahoma, more than any other operator in the state. EGP now operates six wind farms in Oklahoma that make up 40% of the companys total capacity in North America and produce enough energy to meet the annual consumption needs of over 330,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around two million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group Company fully dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources, with operations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With a generation capacity that corresponds to approximately 32 billion kWh in 2014 from water, sun, wind and the Earths heat enough to meet the energy needs of more than 11 million households Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix that provides generation volumes well over the sector average. The company has an installed capacity of more than 10,000 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 16 countries.
Enel Green Power in North America - Enel Green Power operates in North America through Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), which owns and operates over 95 plants in 21 U.S. States and two Canadian provinces. As of today, the company has a total installed capacity of more than 2,300 MW. Such a capacity base is diversified across four generation technologies, namely wind, geothermal, solar and hydro.
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