Rafael Gonzalez Sanchez

North America

Rafael González is Head of Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) since December 2014. 

Mr. Gonzalez has almost 30 years of experience in the energy sector, including more than 20 years building and running Renewable Energy businesses.

Mr. González is responsible for the company’s growing fleet of 100+ power plants and more than 3 GW of capacity across the U.S. and Canada.

These projects include a unique portfolio of wind, solar, geothermal, and run-of-river hydropower technologies. Prior to joining EGP-NA, Mr. González led Enel Green Power’s worldwide Operations and Maintenance Department for four years. Based in Rome, Italy, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance activities of over 750 renewable energy power plants and managed over 1,800 people spread in 16 different countries.

Previously, Mr. González served as Deputy General Manager and Head of Business Development and Project Management at Enel-Union Fenosa Energías Renovables S.A., a Joint Venture between Enel and Union Fenosa, specialized in investments in renewable energy projects and cogeneration in Spain. Mr. González served on the Board of the Asociación Empresarial Eólica (Spanish Wind Energy Association) from 2005 to 2010, helping the wind industry more than double in capacity (from 10 GW to 22 GW) and in 2016, he was selected to the serve on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Mr. González began his work in the energy sector as a Service Engineer for Foster Wheeler and later as a Project Manager at Repsol Petroleo. Beginning in 1993, he held a number of roles at Union Fenosa Energìas Especiales and Union Fenosa Ingenerìa, both subsidiaries of Union Fenosa Group.