“We are proud to continue our investment in Oklahoma and its communities and to do so with T-Mobile, a new corporate partner who shares our commitment to sustainability and community.”
“Red Dirt has been under development for several years and promises to be a project that will deliver millions in new revenue to support local services, education, and drive economic stimulus in the region” said Rafael Gonzalez.
Corporations continue to see the value of supporting renewable energy. T-Mobile is EGP-NA’s second corporate partner for one of its wind projects. Google is an offtaker of EGP-NA’s Cimarron Bend wind project in Kansas.
Construction of the Red Dirt wind project will require an overall investment from Enel of about $420 million and will create around 600 new construction jobs at the peak of construction and an additional 12 long-term full-time jobs.
“The wind energy industry plays a vital role in our state, thanks in part, to the investment by Enel Green Power. Today’s announcement that EGP-NA is continuing its commitment and will expand even more in Oklahoma is welcome news.”
EGP-NA’s long-time strategic development partner, Tradewind Energy developed the Red Dirt wind project. Over the last several months EGP-NA and Tradewind have worked with state and local officials, landowners, suppliers, and the surrounding communities, to successfully bring this project to fruition.
“The 61,000-acre Red Dirt Wind Project will provide 300MW of clean, abundant wind energy to businesses and homes throughout Oklahoma,” said Heath Herje, senior development director for Tradewind Energy.
“Wind projects like Red Dirt give rural Oklahoma counties steady, long-term economic assurance for a sustainable and prosperous existence, now and in the future.”
Since EGP-NA entered the Oklahoma wind market in 2012, the company has experienced a near ten-fold increase in capacity in the state, increasing its wind portfolio from 150 MW to now nearly 1,500 MW. EGP-NA’s other projects in Oklahoma include Rocky Ridge in Kiowa and Washita Counties, Chisholm View I and II in Grant and Garfield Counties, Origin in Murray, Carter, and Garvin Counties, Osage Wind in Osage County, Goodwell in Texas County, Little Elk in Kiowa and Washita Counties, and Drift Sand in Grady County.
EGP-NA is currently present in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces with exceeding 3.2 GW of managed capacity across four technologies including wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal.