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Enel acquires 320-MW Nebraska wind project to power Facebook

Wind turbines. Author: Ville-Matti Kaartinen. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

November 14 (Renewables Now) - Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has acquired the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind project in the US state of Nebraska and has started construction of the facility, the Italian utility said today.  

The project was acquired from Kansas-based Tradewind Energy, which is a long-term strategic development partner of Enel. It was announced in October that the wind farm will power Facebook Inc's (NASDAQ:FB) data centre in Papillion, Nebraska. The social media company will buy a 200-MW portion of the power and renewable energy credits from the project under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).  

Enel said it is financing the wind farm, which will cost USD 430 million (EUR 366m) to build, through its own resources. Once operational, the park will produce some 1.3 TWh per of clean power year.

The company owns the project through a subsidiary of its US renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America Inc.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.851)  

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