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Azure Sky wind + storage project

Ranchland wind + storage project, USA

Plant under construction

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The project

Generating new opportunities and reliable energy for the Lone Star State

The Ranchland wind + storage project is located in Callahan and Eastland Counties, Texas. It comprises 63 wind turbines and can generate 1,030 GWh of renewable energy annually. A 263 MW wind farm paired with a 87 MWdc battery storage system, the project is situated on 20,000 acres and has 65 landowners. Operations are expected to commence during the first quarter of 2022.

Technology

Hybrid - Wind + Storage

Status

Under construction

Capacity

263 MW + 87 MWdc battery

Energy production

1,030 GWh annually  

CO2 Emissions avoided

643,000 tons annually  

 

Electricity Equivalent

94,000+ US households annually

Timeline

Milestones

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Community Impact

Enel Green Power is dedicated to creating long-term shared value and supporting rural economic development and long-term sustainability in its host communities. The Ranchland wind project is expected to create over 320 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs and is estimated to contribute $54 million in tax revenue and $49 million in lease payments to landowners over the project’s lifetime.

As part of its $1.3 million commitment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the US and Canada, Enel Green Power developed initiatives to support Eastland Memorial Hospital - Cisco, Eastland and Cross Plains schools, food pantries and emergency responders in Texas, through training and equipment aid.

Enel is committed to building the skilled energy workforce of the future and will sponsor STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at local school districts and introduce the KidWind curriculum. By partnering with Texas State Technical College and the local officials in Baird, micro-credentialing opportunities for fast-growing trade careers will be available to local residents and employees of the City of Baird. Economic development programs within project communities will include job fair sponsorship and workforce training.

Work progress status

Status of construction phase

Enel Green Power is committed to the “sustainable worksite” model and the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model. When we build projects, we monitor sustainability performance for energy, waste and water management, and the economic impact on the local community.  Enel Green Power is constantly monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Ranchland wind + storage site has implemented safe working practices, strict travel guidelines, social distancing, office and project site sanitation, and other best practices to protect the health of its workers and the community in which it operates.

Workers >320

Workers >320 Construction jobs 

Local Tax Revenue 54

Local Tax Revenue 54 Million dollars over the project's lifetime

Landowner Income 49

Landowner Income 49 Million dollars in lease payments to landowners over the project’s lifetime

Digital Initiatives

In building wind farms, we use innovative tools and techniques, such as construction machinery equipped with active safety systems, smart tracking, advanced digital platforms and tablet software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities, as well as plant commissioning. These processes and tools will enable swifter, more accurate and reliable data collection, thereby improving the quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams. Smart glasses and remote assistant applications are used to perform virtual site visits and safety inspections. Currently, we are in the process of using 360-degree  cameras/drones to gather more information about the site.

Contacts

Community and Landowner Inquiries

Matthew Larson, Landowner Liaison

Media Inquiries

Matt Epting, Enel Communications

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