EGP Powers the Kansas Economy with the Diamond Vista Wind Farm

Published on Thursday, 24 January 2019

“We are happy to work with Enel Green Power and be part of the Diamond Vista project. The quantity of renewable energy we will purchase exceeds the electrical energy needs of our operations in the United States and Canada and avoids our overall greenhouse gas emissions by 26%.”

– Rob Zimmerman, Director of Sustainability for Kohler Co.

With our 400 million-dollar investment in Diamond Vista, which works alongside five plants already in operation, more and more wind energy will come into circulation in Kansas.

Enel Green Power is transforming the state’s economy, thanks to Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed with City Utilities of Springfield and Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Each year, they’ll purchase our renewable energy in order to provide their communities with an innovative and sustainable energy service.

 

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are bilateral contracts that ensure a company or institution a long-term supply of renewable energy, as well as a solid partnership based on innovation and sustainability.

Built for Sustainability

With the development of the latest innovative technologies, and in line with our Sustainable Worksite model, we build our plants in harmony with the surrounding territory and in consideration of the local communities involved.

Environment, sustainability and innovation are the key words for what we do every day. This is why our guidelines for the renewable construction go beyond the requirements for environmental protection.

This means, for example, maintaining a safety zone of about 300 meters, allowing us to protect the environment and biodiversity in the areas around our worksites.

At Diamond Vista, with the help of locally-hired sustainability technicians, the project diverted and recycled 50% of the waste from the construction of the wind farm, equivalent to more than 1,100 tons.

Enel Green Power’s commitment to Marion and Dickinson Counties led to the construction of roads in areas that were previously inaccessible to landowners, to ensure greater access for the community.

Thinking Green to Design the Future

During the plant’s construction, we sponsored teaching the local population by supporting the construction of a new library and an educational space about the project.

We worked with the Tampa School District to boost their math, science, engineering and technical skills courses. We also financed scholarships for students wanting to become wind technicians when they grow up – maybe even at Diamond Vista.

Since its arrival in Kansas, 10 years ago, Enel Green Power has contributed to the state’s economic growth, with the creation of 1,250 jobs and new opportunities for residents in the areas where our six wind plants are located.

And now, thanks to Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), we are guiding our customers toward a new energy paradigm based on green sources.

Now that we’ve visited HillTopper and Diamond Vista, our journey to discover our biggest wind plants in the United States moves on. Next week, we’ll check out Rattlesnake Creek, in Nebraska.